What kinds of seed do you save and why?

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    We started saving seed, first, to cut down on the cost of seed, and later, to become more seed/food sovereign. We found that in most cases, the seed we saved was much more vigorous than seed purchased through mail order catalogues. While there is more work involved with saving seed, you get a lot of it! It allows you to be more liberal with your direct seeding and to select the most vigorous plants at the seedling stages. We have also found that seed saved over multiple seasons slowly adapts to the prevailing environment, given adequate genetic diversity. Open pollinated or heirloom varieties typically have adequate genetic diversity, or plasticity, to tolerate a wide range of environments.

    Biennials are a little bit tougher to save seed from, which is why they are some of the poorest quality yet expensive seed on the market. We are working to build our biennial collection, but this will take twice the time that it has for the annual species because we do not use any fancy technologies to push them along.

    We would love to hear your seed stories and if you are interested in swapping.

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