Introduction to the Guide
Organic Seed Alliance supports the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed.Teaching farmers and home gardeners to produce and save their own seed is an important component of that work. We teachseed saving skills in workshops around the country, and through publications such as this. In doing so, we aim to help preserve crop biodiversity, diversify farm income, and increase farmers and gardeners involvement and investment inregional seed systems.This guide outlines most of the things you need to know to grow seed successfully. It covers the basics of seed growing fromchoosing appropriate varieties for seed saving to harvesting, processing, and storing seed. It assumes that you have basicknowledge of vegetable growing.The information contained in this guide was gleaned from numerous print and web resources, as well as from conversationswith many prominent seed experts. We have endeavored to provide you with the best and most reliable information, but thisguide is in no way a rigid formula for seed growing perfection. As you gain seed growing experience, you will find that your own personal knowledge of “reality on the ground” is just as important as recommendations from experts. Only throughexperimentation can you learn which practices work best in your climate and farming system.
This publication was made possible through generous contributions to Organic Seed Alliance from private donors who support regional seed systems by preserving the art, history and science of seed saving.
So, without further ado, we welcome you to the wonderful world of seeds. May this guide help you on your way to manyseasons of delight and discovery in your gardens and fields.
The research and education staff at Organic Seed Alliance April 2010
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