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Seed Saving and Plant Breeding

Many people are re-discovering the profound yet simple joys of growing fresh food that just a few years ago they had no choice but to purchase with hard-earned currency from a supermarket. To take the next step in liberating your garden from corporate control, consider saving your own seeds and developing your own vegetable varieties. These three books will take you from novice-level all the way to expert. These and other gardening books are on sale for 25% off until the end of the day.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe

“Breeding is an expression of individuality, for your tastes and needs.”

Entertaining and scientific, this book gives a gardener or farmer all the tools she needs to save seeds and develop new varieties of favorite crops–on any scale from a few pea plants to an entire winter’s worth of squash. We are proud to be publishing a new book by Carol, available this October, called The Resilient Gardener.

 
Seed to Seed Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth

This book contains a lot of general information about seed-saving, but what distinguishes it is an extensive list of vegetable varieties, grouped by family, and their characteristics, as well as specific information about the seeds of each.

 
Garden Seed Inventory Garden Seed Inventory, 6th Edition by Seed Savers Exchange

Described as a “catalog of catalogs”, this book tracks the availability of non-hybrid seeds in the US and Canada. This is essential for those looking to save their own seeds, since only non-hybrid seeds will produce predictable offspring. Seed Savers Exchange works to preserve unique seeds for the future.


The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More
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