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To learn more about seed saving and finding open pollinated seeds, follow these links:

International Seed Saving Institute

http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi.html

This group provides seeds and support to farmers in developing countries. Their website includes background on why and how to save seeds. The group also operates Seeds Trust (http://www.seedstrust.com/), an online store offering heirloom, high altitude, and other specialty seeds. 

Seed Saver’s Exchange

http://seedsavers.org/Home.asp

Seed Saver’s publishes an annual catalog of seeds for sale, developed by a nationwide network of farmers and gardeners. Their grounds includes a 890 acre farm and a visitor’s center in Decorah, Iowa.

Seed Savers’ Network

http://www.seedsavers.net/about/index.jsp

Based in Australia, this organization connects Australian seed savers with each other to facilitate seeds exchange, and has helped to establish seed networks in several developing countries.

Native Seeds/SEARCH

http://www.nativeseeds.org

The goal of Native Seeds is to conserve cultural as well as genetic diversity. They work with Native American farmers in the American Southwest to preserve their crops and the stories and native languages of the farmers who have developed them.

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  A Word to the Wise:

Remember, you can’t perpetuate diversity by saving seeds from hybrid plants—this means many of the seeds and plants you can buy at the garden store. You need to start with what are called “open pollinated” seeds.

What’s the difference? Hybrid seeds are designed to produce very nice plants the first time around. They are the result of a grower’s deliberate pollination of one plant by another, usually done by hand. Often this involves many crosses that would be unlikely to happen without human intervention. (to learn how to try hybrids for yourself, see our Three Ways to Make a New Plant article). Seeds from Great Grandma’s tomatoes haven’t been through this. They are what is called “open pollinated,” meaning they’ve been bred without the help of humans. (And just how does pollination occur? Find out about The Secret Lives of Flowers.)

 

 

 

 
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