Learn how to save, protect, and share seeds within your community and for future generations

FREE tools and resources for building and preserving resiliency, biodiversity, food sovereignty and cultural heritage in your garden

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Module I - General Introduction

What is seed saving, why saving seed, anatomy of a seed, differences between open-pollinated, heirloom and hybrid varieties, plant families.

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Module II - Pollination and Reproduction

Anatomy of a flower, what is pollination, insect pollination, wind pollination, what is double fertilization, factors affecting pollination and fertilization, inbreeding and outbreeding plants.

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Module III - Planting for Small-Scale Seed Production

Plant life cycle, plant needs, photoperiodism, setting up a no-till raised row garden for seed production, building and nourishing the soil organically, integrated pest management, understanding seedborne pathogens and diseases.

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Module IV - Mainting Genetic Purity, Diversity, and Trueness-to-Type

Why isolate seed crops, spatial isolation, mechanical isolation, temporal isolation, hand-pollination, population size, roguing and selecting seeds based on desirable plant traits, dehybridization, conducting trials.

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Module V - Harvesting, Processing, Storing

Vernalization and overwintering, harvesting, dry processing, wet processing, storing, labelling, organizing, inventorying, packaging.

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Module VI - Testing Seeds for Viability

Germination, vigor, dormancy.

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Module VII - Seed Saving Techniques for Common Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits

Tomato, squash, radish, cabbage, carrot, basil, papaya, etc….

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Module VIII - Stewardship & Activism

Permaculture ethics and seed saving, safeguarding, sharing and resiliency through decentralized seed banks and seed libraries, fostering food sovereignty through seed production relocalization and open source seeds, land rehabilitation and regeneration with seed balls, nourishing and protecting biodiversity with conservation beehives, GMO and the future of seeds.

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Appendix I - Glossary

Seed saving and botany-related key terms, common pollinators.

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Appendix II - Building Tutorials

Air column separator, seed dryer, seed germination cabinet.

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Appendix III - Other Resources

Books, seed saving organizations and exchange networks, other educational websites, templates.

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