Seed Saving? Why you need to do it…

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With large biochemical companies like Syngenta & Seminis (both Monsanto owned) controlling the vast majority of the seed market for both commercial Farmers and the Home Gardener, we are losing the bio diversity of our seeds. We as avid home gardeners are limited to what we can buy “off the rack” at retail and need to diligently seek out alternatives to the narrow choice of seeds marketed. To be good stewards of what Nature has given us, we can help stop the loss of the precious natural genetics by saving heirloom & open-pollinated seeds.

Ever wonder how to grow and save your own seed? There are lots of people that want to save seeds of heirloom & open-pollinated varieties of vegetables & more. With a little bit of care, you can too!   This is a short list of info on how to do it and resources for more on seed saving.  You’ll find online links, titles of books found at the library and places to share seeds. If you are interested in finding out more about sustainable organic gardening, ways to combat food insecurity or other issues on growing food, education, agriculture, and solutions in your neighborhood, contact:
The Forest Grove Victory Garden – FGGardens.wordpress.com
DairyCreekCommunityFoodWeb.org
AdelanteMujeres .org

Download & Print or view online:

AGuideToSeedSaving-cover“A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty” (PDF)
http://www.seedambassadors.org/docs/seedzine4handout.pdf

“A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers” (PDF)
http://www.seedalliance.org/uploads/publications/Seed_Saving_Guide.pdf

Growing Tomatoes For Seed Saving – Dowling Community Garden (PDF)
http://www.dowlingcommunitygarden.org/pdf/savTomSeeds.pdf

“Organic Seed Production and Saving: The Wisdom of Plant Heritage” By Bryan Connolly
books.google.com/books?isbn=1603583548

“How to Save Seeds” Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook (PDF)  http://howtosaveseeds.com/index.php

Books about Seed Saving – found at the Library
Seed to Seed : seed saving and growing techniques for vegetable gardeners by Ashworth, Suzanne.
The manual of seed saving : harvesting, storing, and sowing techniques… by Heistinger, Andrea.
The complete guide to saving seeds : by Gough, Robert E. (Robert Edward)
The complete idiot’s guide to seed saving and starting by Richerson, Sheri Ann.
Heirloom vegetable gardening ; a master gardener’s guide to planting, seed saving… by Weaver, William Woys

How long do garden seeds last?
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/how-long-do-garden-seeds-last
Resources For Seeds
http://seedambassadors.org/
http://www.winonagrange271.org/gpage12.html
http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Seed-Donation-Program/
http://seeddreams.blogspot.com/
http://www.seedsavers.org/

Share Seeds
http://www.nomoola.com/seeds/where.html

Helpful Hints
Download & Print:  Natural Yard & Garden – A Guide to Alternatives to Pesticides
http://www.clark.wa.gov/esa/documents/garden.PDF

Upcoming Events

Grow It! – March 15th, 2014 at the Forest Grove Library.
Free Gardening Classes Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners, in partnership with Dairy Creek Community Food Web and the Forest Grove Community Gardens . Come to a FREE class to learn  how grow things. Come to network and help find ways we can support our local food systems, feed our hungry, help create a year round farmer’s market, support community kitchens, develop school gardens, farm to school programs and

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:30 am – Noon Quick and Easy Plant Propagation
Saturday, March 15, 10:30 am – Noon Start Your Own Vegetable Garden (March class also offered in Spanish 2 – 3:30 pm)
Saturday, April 19 ,10:30 am – Noon Square Foot Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 am – Noon Year-Round Vegetable Gardening (May close only held in the Community Auditorium 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove)

The SHARE SEEDS station will be there!

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