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Seedy Saturday: Time to get Heritage Seeds

Updated on September 17, 2012

Get Them While You Still Can

heritage seeds of all kinds is what you'll find
heritage seeds of all kinds is what you'll find | Source

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.

Pick Your Favorite Vegetable & Plant It

spinach is my favorite; can be grown in a pot or garden & all year round where I live.
spinach is my favorite; can be grown in a pot or garden & all year round where I live. | Source

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

seeds come in all sizes
seeds come in all sizes | Source

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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    • eye say profile image

      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      @Terri: I hope the tide is turning, and if we can keep putting out information that is about healthy living especially food maybe more people will understand and buy in!

      Saving ourselves one step at a time works for me, thanks for your input.

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      Terri Meredith 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for writing such a timely piece. I find that though it is rough going in trying to alert the masses to what's happening in our country, it seems the tide may be turning somewhat. Keep on informing! Perhaps we'll save ourselves one step at a time.

      voted up and useful

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      @eye-see: agreed and the way Monsanto is trying to control the food supply is scary! thanks for your input!

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      eye-see 6 years ago from canada

      Right on!

      Most people don't know that mega companies like Monsanto are trying to create a world where you cannot have control over your own food. Where your only option is to eat their poisonous crap...

      Good, informative hub. Keep it up!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      @Pamela; your local farmers market is the perfect place to source seeds! have fun meeting your local farmers and don't be afraid to go to them for growing advice and tips!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      Those seed companies are great, and make it so we can access these seeds all year round, that's true, Seedy Saturday focuses on local gardening and connections within a specific community.

      Thanks for that reminder!

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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      I would like to try going some vegtables thanks for the info I will have to check at the farmers market and see if any of the farmers there can let me know how to get a heritage seed connection.

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      Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

      Heritage seeds breed true tot he parents while hybrids may not, in other words you can safely save heriatge seeds and knwo what you are getting. There are a number of seed companies seling organic, heritage seeds.