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A chat with an expert on seeds.
At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman, the former 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.
Come join us for the next live class, or catch up on our previous classes through our podcast episodes. Either way you will expand your seed knowledge and gain new perspectives on your food system.
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In This Seed Chat:
This is the August 2023 Seed Chat discussing the impact that climate change is having on our crops. With all the excitement in the world Bill proposes to get all the diversity you can into your yard, into your neighborhood, into your community. That means more different kinds of varieties of the favorite crops that you wanna grow and more different kinds of crops off the scale. The more genetic and crop diversity that we have in our communities the better.
“In order to have local food, we need local seeds”
– Grocery shopping in your yard
– Market and farm stands are coming back
“The one thing I wish I could do more is what Joseph Lofthouse (author of Landrace Gardening) does, and that is look more closely”
“Go hard on them”
We need everybody everywhere on small scales, learning how to adapt and grow local food that actually works with the climate as it evolves in their own areas.
“It’s not enough just to save your own seeds now; you got to share them with your seed exchange or your local library. Make sure everybody starts to get it.
And then … we have another responsibility: we need to be seed teachers. – Bill
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