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Episode-1054- The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn't Mystical

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn’t Mystical

I was talking with Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design yesterday about how more and more small seed companies are now buying at least some seed from companies associated with the ilk of Monsanto.

Ben was pretty shocked to hear the Johnny’s Selected Seeds is buying some of their seeds from Semanis, which is owned by Monsanto.

There is a lot of fear about GMO contamination both legitimate and ridiculous specifically when the word Monsanto comes up.

The best solution is to save your own seeds but we are going to also discuss how to know who you can trust when buying seeds and times where you simply do not have to worry about GMO at all.

Join me today to hear about…

  • What is “the safe seed pledge” and why should you care
  • Why we need to be saving seeds in the first place
  • Breeding improvements vs. hybrids vs. GMO (all three are different)
  • Exchanging seeds – a great form of barter
  • The easy plants to save seed from – beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes
  • Separation rules – why they exist and not stressing them
  • Staggering pollination times to create effective separation
  • Herbs and unusual plants are often easy to save for and over looked
  • Storing your seeds once they are harvested (is cold storage a good idea)
  • How to clean your seeds, what you need, what you don’t need
  • Growing your own hybrids – hybrids are not always bad
  • How to hand pollinate and ensure purity with squashes and melons, etc
  • Saving root crops like garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes for replanting
  • The rewards of regionally adapted plants
  • Breeding for any and all traits, it really isn’t hard

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Episode-524- Developing Personal Seed Vaults

Governments, corporations and international organizations are all developing “seed vaults” for many reasons.  One is that seeds in and of themselves are life, they feed us and they are the way species of plants survive and continue to propagate themselves.  Second while telling us that GMO crops are safe, they are acutely aware of the damage potential they pose and the potential for entire varieties of plants to be wiped out by cross pollination with GMO based crops.  Third due to monopolization and marketing by seed companies many varieties are simply no longer being grown and due to that the variety is in danger of extinction and forever being lost to history.  Fourth seeds are the ability to produce food and energy and energy and food are forms of wealth.

Join me today as I discuss….

  • The why behind personal seed vaults
  • How seeds are first order wealth that can produce second order wealth
  • Some seeds are food and some foods are seed
  • Tiny seeds equal massive storage potential
  • Buying seeds at the end of the season (yes but)
  • Rotational planting varieties to keep fresh stock
  • Developing stocks of “wild seed”
  • The enemies of seed (light, moisture, heat)
  • Rice is a cheap and effective desiccant
  • Understanding “germination rates”
  • Getting seeds in exchanges
  • Learning more about saving seeds
  • Open pollination vs heirloom vs hybrid vs GMO
  • Planting on foreign soil (guerrilla and borrowed land)

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air