Seed Saving Library
The long-term vision of the Seed Library is to develop a robust seed-saving operation that includes education for gardeners and farmers in our region. Though some work is being done across the country to save seed, no significant work is being done in the Southeast, where we have a unique climate and a significant agricultural history.
Seed saving is one of the most important facets of a food secure community, protecting the essence of our food system. Education on gardening and preservation techniques ensures that our community has a degree of self-sufficiency and access to healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a source of their own seed. Unfortunately, the skill and art of saving seed has been lost, by and large. Large-scale agriculture has all but abandoned regionally adapted heirloom varieties, which now only linger in personal family collections or small, specialty seed companies. These endangered seeds represent traditional crops that have performed well over the years and are naturally adapted to climate variations, pest issues, disease, and have unique taste profiles and preservation qualities.
The Seed Library will provide a means for acquiring, growing, and distributing these seeds more widely. By working with local school gardens, individual home gardeners and farmers, we will facilitate a seed saving network that focuses on selection of locally adapted crops, and provides the necessary education for growers to contribute high quality seed to the collection.
Gardeners and farmers of all demographics in the southeast will benefit from this operation that will provide locally adapted and prolific vegetable, herb and flower seeds. By working with exisitng organizations and growers, Forage will form the basis of a robust seed saving network for the Southeast.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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