Bonus Episode 19:
Seed Saving Class June 2018
A chat with a seed expert about Where Our Seeds Come From.
In This BONUS Podcast:
Seeds are grown all over the world and we don’t always know where our seeds come from when we buy. This is the June 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class – Bill McDorman discusses seed origination, land race seeds, finding unique seed varieties, and so much more.
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Bill McDorman is Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013.
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> The fragility of the “Just in time” food system
>> Focusing on local seeds
>> Where seeds in seed catalogs come from
>> Origination of the seeds for the Seed Up
>> What the term “land race” means with seeds, and why it is important
>> A history of some land race seeds
“Its a biological magic!” – Bill McDorman
>> Seed longevity – where is the data?
>> Heritage grains – help us build this resource locally
>> Can seeds be harvested in stages or all at one time when they are ready
>> How to find a specific seed variety that is not well known
>> The politics of international seed control – things to consider
>> Pima County Seed Library as a local land race resource
>> Best way to store seeds
>> TIPS on how to store seeds in fridge or freezer
>> Seed resources in Alaska
>> Shortest experience in germination