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Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook



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Plant Breeding and Heirloom Seed Sources

Seed Savers Exchange
The preeminent seed saving organization, whose members share over 1,000 heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and grains. Probably the greatest single heirloom seed-saving resource.

Heirloom Seed Swap
This new (Mar 2010), completely-free seed-trading website allows members to post 'ads' for homegrown heirloom seeds they have available to trade or sell. Registration requires only a username and email (the latter for confirmation puropses only). A great place to share seeds and build up your collection.

Vegetables and Fruits: A Guide to Heirloom Varieties and Community-Based Stewardship, Resource Organizations
Compendious compilation of heirloom seed saving and preservation organizations, companies, individuals, etc. As complete a listing of seed saving groups as exists.

Heirloom Seed Companies
A very large collection of links to heirloom seed companies (230 at time of writing)! From http://www.off-grid.info.

Sow True Seed
Specializing in open-pollinated, non-hybrid, GMO-free vegetable, herb, flower and cover crop seed as well as seasonal plant starts, sweet potato slips, asparagus crowns, seed potatoes and garlic. "Guided by a rich tradition of ecological wisdom and preservation, we feature heirloom certified organic, traditional and Southern Appalachia favorites. We grow and source over 500 varieties of untreated seeds that remain true to type when saved and replanted."

Fedco Seed Cooperative
Heirloom seeds and gardening supplies... "We offer a large selection of certified organic cultivars and regional heirloom varieties." A broad selection and good prices make Fedco a favorite of many organic gardeners (my thanks to reader Sarah Moore for reminding me of this one).

Bountiful Gardens
"Heirloom, Untreated Open-Pollinated Varieties for Sustainable Agriculture" from John Jeavons' Biodynamic gardening group. An excellent resource for good-performing, heirloom garden seeds.

Territorial Seed Company
(800) 626-0866
Heirloom seeds and live plants... "Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations."

Victory Seed Company
"...a small, family owned and operated organization that works to preserve plant varieties by locating, growing, documenting and offering heirloom and rare open-pollinated seeds to home gardeners."

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Reprinted from Vegetable Seed Savers Handbook, Jack Rowe 1998, howtosaveseeds.com