Building Community: Think Outside the Seed Packet

Building Community: Think Outside the Seed Packet

I have an opportunity to develop a municipal-level seed library as a regional destination, and I'm writing about it all through SSE to inspire you to do your best in your community. There's opportunity out there, and my advice to you is stay open to all the possibilities

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Feaster Heirloom Mustard Feast

Feaster Heirloom Mustard Feast

When he donated seeds to us last year, Jerome said, “Cool weather is greens weather, and we like to eat these greens on special occasions. A popular menu is to have them served with sweet potatoes and ham.” Well, this year, Jerome wanted to share his tradition with the staff at SSE, so he sent up a box of freshly picked greens to help us celebrate New Year’s Day!

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Seeds in the Spotlight

Seeds in the Spotlight

We were excited last week to welcome our friend Austin to Heritage Farm. He's helping us tell our story on film for our 40th anniversary.  

Keep your eyes peeled for the video, which will be coming your way in the New Year! For now, here's a behind the scenes look at the filming process. 

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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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