Drought Strategies for Vegetable Gardening

Drought Strategies for Vegetable Gardening

When we look to the American West the scarcity of water is plainly visible. But what can we do? How can we all use our water more responsibly now to ensure a more secure future? Shrink or eliminate our lawns? Sure. Use drip irrigation? Yes. Recycle water? Of course. Plant more vegetables and fruits? Believe it or not, yes.

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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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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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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 Seed Garden: A New Seed Saving Guide

The Seed Garden: A New Seed Saving Guide

The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving is now available! With over 300 color photographs, simple lessons, master classes, and over 75 crop profiles, this long-awaited resource is sure to provide guidance for new and seasoned seed savers. Here's a reminder of what's inside. Don't forget to order your copy!

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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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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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