On February 18, Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder delivered a presentation entitled “Saving Seeds and Seed Libraries”. A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. During his presentation, Josh focused on the benefits of saving and sharing seeds that can promote plant life abundance within our communities. His talk focused on vegetable seeds; however, he stated his remarks generally applied to all seeds.
Josh shared that seeds are our history. As an example of how seeds can evolve, Josh stated that the original ear of corn was the size of our thumb. Corn has grown in size due to seed breeding.
What are the advantages of seed sharing? Josh offers these advantages:
- saves money;
- promotes experimentation;
- adapts to location;
- promotes continued propagation; and
- encourages personal connections with family, friends and other gardeners
Seed sharing is also just plain fun! Many thanks to Josh Fuder for sharing his knowledge with us. We learned a lot.