Chapter 11. Seeds and propagation
Saving and using local seeds is one of the most important methods for strengthening agriculture, increasing the variety of plants, and achieving food sovereignty… more
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Saving and using local seeds is one of the most important methods for strengthening agriculture, increasing the variety of plants, and achieving food sovereignty.
- Everyone can collect and save seeds: it is cheap and easy to do.
- Saving and exchanging local seeds will increase the amount and variety of food that is grown.
- Local non-hybrid seeds generally have a higher nutritional content.
- Seeds are valuable and can be exchanged for other seeds or sold through a community seed bank.
- When good techniques are used for selecting and saving good seeds, the plant quality naturally improves each year.
- If there are no local seeds available, families and farmers have to buy seeds and are reliant on companies rather than on themselves. This decreases community resilience.
- A well-stocked seed bank containing proven local varieties is one of the best protections a community can have against the uncertainties brought by climate change.
Use this chapter to learn how to save and store high quality seed, both individually as as a community collective, and how to use a variety of propagating methods.
- Why save seeds?
- How to save seeds
– Step 1: healthy strong plants
– Step 2: choose the best plants
– Step 3: how to collect the seeds
– Step 4: cleaning the seeds
– Step 5: drying the seeds
– Step 6: storing the seeds
– Step 7: using the seed and plant material
- Plant propagation techniques
- Community seed and plant group
- Responsible seed and plant use