Seedy Saturday: Time to get Heritage Seeds
Get Them While You Still Can
It's that time of year again if you live in the free world and have local garden communities that organize an annual seed exchange. One of my favorite community events, it's one that everyone should attend, the survival of our world could eventually depend on it.
Why? Because in some parts of the world, namely the USA, it is becoming harder to find non GMO seeds, and seeds that can be regrown from the same plant. I also understand that the USA is in the process or have succeeded in banning the use of heritage seeds; therefore guaranteeing complete control of the food supply within the USA as well as it's exports.
What is a Heritage Seed?
Let me explain. In the old days a seed was planted and an edible fruit, vegetable, or herb grew. Most of the food would be eaten but a few were always saved for their seeds, to be planted in the next growing season. These plants and seeds are now referred to as heritage seeds. Why? Because now they are becoming harder and harder to source. These seeds have been passed down from individuals through the ages to neighbours and interested gardeners. There are also a few seed companies who have preserved the seeds and produce them for sale on a larger scale than Seedy Saturday, so they are available usually seasonally.
These seeds are proven to be very productive in the local areas where they are exchanged because they have been grown by gardeners who live in the area, generally speaking. The advantage of the exchange is the opportunity that it gives to discuss gardening with like minded people.
Usually the gardeners themselves are selling the seeds, so they can give very specific advice about the growing needs of individual plants and answer in great detail questions about all aspects of the plants including cooking tips!
the Basics of Saving Carrot Seed
a Little Knowledge is Worth More than Gold
There are usually some very interesting and relevant workshops or seminars held at the Seedy Saturday venues. Insights, ideas, guidance, the opportunity to talk to experts, to listen to new methods, to find out what doesn't work and what is worth trying are all reasons to check out the event in your area if there is one.
Whether you're into gardening or not, it is my opinion that we should all have something edible planted in our space; we should all know how to make our own food, understand the concept and not just trust that it'll always be there. Most food is shipped from far away these days. We should definitely make sure our kids know how. I saw a documentary recently and kids ages 5 to 10 couldn't even identify fruits and vegetables when they were shown to them.
So why is Seedy Saturday important? Because these aren't the old days anymore.
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Things are Changing
Now when you buy seeds from the store they will only grow for one season. Unless they are organic seeds, you can't take the seeds from the plant that is produced, dry them, plant them and get another crop of produce. You need to go back and buy more seed from the store; seed that has been tampered with in one way or another, seed that did not come from a plant that has existed before our time.
When you grow from heritage or organic seeds, you only need to buy your seeds once, as long as you dry and save your seeds properly. That's why people are trying to preserve them by sharing them and encouraging others to do the same. This practice of seed sharing has been going on for centuries; we need to help the tradition continue, especially in these fast changing times.
The bigger benefit is the produce itself. It maintains the original flavour that has been lost in so many of our fruits and vegetables due to over production, the use of chemicals and the GMO factor that is in so much of what we consume. It tastes like the food did when I was young. Tasting a strawberry from my garden brings back instant childhood memories - starwberries from the store do not do that.
Seeds of all Varieties are Harvested
Food is Important
Food preservation is such a high priority for me. I have spent 2 years with serious intestinal problems caused by a lifetime of eating processed foods whose ingredients I can't pronounce and of being convinced the food we eat is good for us.
Diet change and control of what we eat is a small and important way of preventing health issues. Preserving food in its original form is fundamental to our continued success as healthy humans. Using it by planting it, sharing it, enjoying it and nurturing it back to life again and again is a small way we can each contribute to the sustainability of of food supply, locally; where ever your local may be.
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