Rachel reminded us that when we look at a seed even though "we don't necessarily see anything there is a vital life force" contained within.
The food that we depend on the survive an thrive, contained within that tiny seed.
Here is what we learned about preserving that precious resource, about saving seeds:
Rachel Bennet from the Southwest Seed Library helped us to explore the value of saving seed through a bio-cultural lense with brief group discussion regarding the GMO concerns and collective seed stewardship.
(Click HERE for downloadable PDF of handout)
We did some hands-on seed harvest and even got to try our hand at the "wet method" of seed saving which ferments the seeds, tomato seeds in this case, first before drying them for storage.
Congratulations to our PRIZE winnder Allie P. who got to take home her own copy of "Seed to Seed" to help with her seed saving!
- howtosaveseeds.com (Complete, free, seed-saving instructions)
- Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth
- The Seed Garden by Seed Savers Exchange
- Permaculture Manual of the Southwest
- Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds (film)
Seed libraries in our Region:
- SW Seed Library (at FLC Environmental Center office)
- Mancos Seed Library (at the Mancos Library)
- Cortez Seed Lending Library (at Cortez Public Library)
- San Juan Seed Savers
- More listed at Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
These workshops all part of the Conservation Workshop Series presented in partnership between The Garden Project and the La Plata Conservation District.