What are Seeds and Why Save Them?
What are Seeds?
A plant produces seeds in order to reproduce itself.
Just like an egg has to be fertilized to become a new animal, a seed must be pollinated to produce a new plant. Understanding pollination is key to getting seeds to produce the plants you want. Some plants are self-pollinating -- the male and female parts are contained within a single flower that fertilizes itself. Other plants, called cross-pollinators, have separate male and female flowers and their pollen has to get from one flower to another in order for the flowers to be fertilized.
Why Save Seeds?
Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years. However, in our culture much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you
- develop seed stock that is well suited to our climate
- protect and maintain landrace & heirloom vegetable varieties
- preserve our heritage and our biodiversity
- save money
Saving seed is a time-honored tradition and is is a vital step toward sustainability, food security and is a missing link in today's gardening. Build on this legacy and write your own story when you grow and save seeds. You will grow hardier plants for our climate and become more food self-sufficient. You may also create new, custom varieties of vegetables and have fun in the process.
Growing healthy, nutritious, regionally adapted food improves the lives of the community and brings people together. Let's learn to save seed again.
When you participate in the seed library, you help create a culture of sharing and abundance.