"The current paradigm of food — centrally controlled by profiteering corporations and besieged by the life-destroying government policies that support them — stands in stark contrast to the sovereign agriculture of our ancestors. Seed saving is an ancient tradition with a lineage stretching back 12,000 years. But in less than a century's time, this once fundamental part of the human experience has largely disappeared.Providing for relative food independence is far more challenging than it sounds. It requires a lot of local knowledge that most people have lost in recent decades - knowledge about vegetation zones, soil composition, rainfall patterns, frost dates, frost hardiness, pests, local seed varieties, other limiting factors, preservation methods, storage requirements, health threats and many other factors."
- Have you bought heirloom or open-pollinated seeds that grow well here? Could you spare a few for the seed bank to widen the gene pool?
- Perhaps you preserve your surplus harvest - can you share how?
- Have you been keeping records of weather patterns? What could we learn?
- Do you use an organic solution for pests that works well?
- Have you found a method of growing a food variety that works well in our climate?
- Do you have a seed variety or edible that is particularly resilient to pest or disease? It would be great to get these into our seed bank.
- Can you spare a few cuttings to share?