Cascadia Seed Guild

Reply To: Monthly Cascadia Seed Guild Zoom Sessions

  • Brian Kerkvliet

    January 22, 2024 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for this info Mike. After looking at it I feel that it is over simplified and can lead people down the wrong path. For instance corn is wind pollinated and can cross with any other corn within 2 miles. So isolation techniques or hand pollination is needed to insure that you don’t end up with GMO feed corn seed. Basically there are three categories of seed that you can save, easy, medium, and hard.

    We could make a simple hand out but there is this one I would put out there as a primer that has already been made up by Seed Ambassadors here.

    There are many other resources on saving seeds posted on the Salish Seed website and listed here.

    • The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving, edited by Lee Buttala, et al. Seed Saver’s Exchange, 2015.
    • Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, by Suzanne Ashworth. Seed Savers Exchange, 2002.
    • Seed Sowing and Seed Saving by Carole B. Turner, Published by Story
    • The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production by John Navazio. Published by Chelsea Green, 2012.
    • Saving Seeds: A Home Gardener’s Guide to Preserving Plant Diversity by Dan Jason. Salt Spring Seeds, 2020
    • The Whole Organic Food Book: Safe Healthy Harvest From Your Garden To Your Plate, by Dan Jason. Raincoast Books, 2001.
    • The Resilient Gardener: Food Production And Self-Reliance In Uncertain Times. by Carol Deppe. Chelsea Green, 2010. (Carol’s other books “Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties” and “The Tao of Vegetable Gardening” are also excellent)
    • Beautiful Corn: America’s Original Grain from Seed to Plate, by Anthony Boutard. New Society Publishers, 2012.
    • Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest, and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn, and More, by Sara Pitzer. Storey Publishing, 2009.