Seeds saved, seeds shared – 10 reasons to save seeds

I have a very dear friend in Toronto. Our friendship was formed years ago around sharing plants and seeds. This year, as a housewarming gift, she collected and shared saved and passed down seeds. From packets to envelopes, she gave me a garden.

10 Reasons To Save Seeds

  1. It promotes heirloom plants: saving seeds keeps our plant heritage alive. Old varieties are maintained.
  2. It builds biodiversity.
  3. Seed saving increases seed strength in your soil and climate. Seeds are only saved from healthy and top producing plants.
  4. Seed saving makes plants more pest and disease resistant– naturally! Only seeds from the most disease free, and best thriving plants get added to your bank.
  5. You save money. Buying seeds for even a medium sized garden is an investment. Saving the seeds from a single tomato can save you buying next year.
  6. You get to play with science, and hybridize your own new varieties! You can selectively plant and and encourage pollination between varieties to produce new varieties over generations of seeds.
  7. You get to participate in some really great and caring communities. Look into seed saving in your town.
  8. Your strong, biodiverse garden promotes pollinators like bees. Remember all those pesticides you won’t have to use from reason #4?
  9. Your taste buds will thank you for producing things that can’t be accessed from the agricultural industrial complex! That’s the benefit of reason #1 up there… gourmet goodness.
  10. Your saved seeds will produce consistent quality in your garden. The satisfaction you will feel from this activity will increase your enjoyment of your garden and build your community through sharing your saved seeds.

And as a bonus, and quite possibly the most important aspect is that seed saving will build food security for you, your family and your community.  Seed saving is a radical act. IMG_2379   Some of these are shared through different programmes in Toronto – like The Stop Community Food Centre, and sometimes shared in small gatherings of like-minded people.

Saved seeds

These seeds were all collected by my friend. They are all in small ziplock baggies, labelled with type and variety. It feels almost illegal to carry food seeds in dope baggies.

 

Lettuce seed saved envelope

Lettuce seed saved in an envelope. Details of collection and who collected on the envelope.

 

The Stop saved seeds

The Stop Seed Exchange has stickers to fill out to encourage detail for gardeners.

 

Kids save seeds

A francophone child saved these seeds. There are more drawings at the bottom of the package. Seed saving tells the story of the people in the seed saving communities.

 

Mystery beans

Mystery beans. Can’t wait to see what these do.

 

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