Between the Bookends at Becker Library: 14 from '14

Between the Bookends at Becker Library: 14 from '14

In Seed Savers Exchange's Becker Library, we collect books that help us learn about the truly amazing collection we steward: the people, the communities, the foodways, the gardening practices, the historical contexts, and the potential threats  the  whole shebang. Libraries are about the whole shebang. And with that in mind, I'm happy to share 14 diverse titles we acquired during the past year, 2014, and wish you all a very happy 2015! Find a warm stove to cozy up to and read one of these good books this winter!

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Seed Savers Exchange Members Evaluate the Collection

Seed Savers Exchange Members Evaluate the Collection

Each year Seed Savers Exchange members from across North America trial garden varieties from SSE's genebank collection. They send us reports on performance and taste qualities, and photos of the varieties growing in their gardens and harvested in their kitchens. Read on to find out some the results we've seen and some of the varieties we've tested.

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Plant a seed. Grow a farmer.

Plant a seed. Grow a farmer.

Seed saving instructor, farm manager, and former SSE employee Jessica Babcock outlines the importance of teaching new farmers the art of seed saving and explains how the Organic Farm School at Greenbank Farm is preparing a new generation of farmers, seed savers, and seed producers.

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The Heart of What We Do

The Heart of What We Do

Every year for the last 40, support from conscientious donors has allowed us to increase our commitment to the safekeeping and propagation of heirloom plant varieties. We cannot do the work of preserving our garden heritage without you.  

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The Seed Garden: A New Seed Saving Guide

The Seed Garden: A New Seed Saving Guide

Over the last four years, Seed Savers Exchange and the Organic Seed Alliance have written and edited a foundational text for the backyard seed saver. The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving brings together knowledge from the foremost seed saving organizations in the United States to teach beginners the basics of seed saving and help seasoned seed savers take their efforts to the next level. Find out more about the forthcoming book here!

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A Movement Towards Community Seed

A Movement Towards Community Seed

To ensure communities can feed themselves, seed saving must become a fundamental practice. Whether a food pantry, community garden, or public library, myriad ways exist for seeds and seed saving knowledge to be shared. Does your community currently save seeds? Would you like them to?

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Community Profile: Flint, Michigan - Casting a Vote for Seeds

Community Profile: Flint, Michigan - Casting a Vote for Seeds

Over 200 community gardens are present in Flint. The adoption of the city’s first long-range master plan in over 50 years is invigorating community gardening and urban agriculture enthusiasts with the mapping of “Green Innovation” areas and “Green Neighborhoods.” The Flint Seed Democracy is hoping to keep crops for food and seed firmly rooted in the local climate and economy.

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Gardens, Libraries, and La Dolce Vita

Gardens, Libraries, and La Dolce Vita

At first glance, it may seed odd that an organization known and loved for promoting dirt under your fingernails would have a library. But the library has grown to become an essential part of the mission-driven daily life of Seed Savers Exchange, providing information essential to researching the history of valuable heirloom seeds.

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Winter Care of Your Fruit Trees

Winter Care of Your Fruit Trees

With October here and a distinct chill in the air, it time to think about protecting all your fruit trees that you’ve nurtured through the growing season. Fruit trees are especially attractive to animals that love to eat the bark and nibble the buds for winter food. If you want to avoid the cost of replacing trees year after year, make a plan now to keep pests away.

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Pollination and Preservation

Pollination and Preservation

Step by step guides to the hand pollination of corn and squash as well as resources on rearing pollinators for your fields or gardens. Free downloadable resources for you to save and print, including a guide to Midwestern Native Pollinators. 

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