Seed Saving Resources

E-books (click on the link to view the document):

Breeding Organic Vegetables -- Rowen White & Brian Connolly

Seed Saving Guide -- Organic Seed Alliance

Seed Production of Field Crops -- Brajesh Tiwari

The Family Seed Saving Book -- Rosemary Morrow

Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit -- Organic Seed Alliance

A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty -- The Seed Ambassadors Project

Webpages  Website of the Organic Seed Alliance in Port Townsend, Washington. Find info about organic farming and gardening as well as seed-saving. Native SeeSEARCH conserves, distributes and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico.  “Bioversity undertakes, encourages and supports research aimed at enhancing the sustainable use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity to the world's most vulnerable communities…”  From Richmond, CA this site helps educate folks on starting a seed lending library and also provides seeds, education and information about saving seeds.  The USDA plants database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. International Seed Saving Institute focuses their work on saving seeds, seed-saving education, and permaculture design  Founded in the 16th & 17th centuries along the Thames in England, Kew Gardens has been a leader in plant & seed science and in conserving the Earth’s biodiversity. Their mission statement is simple: To inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life.  “An internet resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples, providing historical & contemporary background with instructional how-to's & references.”  Website of the Association of Official  Seed Analysts, Inc. which establishes rules for seed testing & influences seed legislation at the state and federal levels in the USA.  The website of Michael Martin & Kari Melendrez, leaders in growing regionally-adapted trees of the Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwest USA. While a student in 1974, Michael began developing a protocol for healthy soil that is now called Soil Secrets.  A website that “has become one of the most respected resources for online videos, podcasts, blogs, and reportsfor accurate and up to date information on GMOs.”  The website for one of the first school-based gardens in the US.

Books and articles

Ashworth, Suzanne. (2002) Seed to Seed: Seed Saving And Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners.  

Cummings, Claire Hope (2008). Uncertain peril: Genetic engineering and the future of seeds. Boston: Beacon Press.

Deppe, Carol (2000). Breed your own vegetable varieties: The gardener's & farmer's guide to plant breeding & seed saving. White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

Deppe, Carol (2010). The resilient gardener:  Food production and self-relience in uncertain times. White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

Epel, Thomas J. (2004). Botany in a day:  The Patterns Method of plant identification. Pony, MT:  Hops Press, LLC.

Federoff, Nina V. & Nancy Marie Brown (2006). Mendel in the kitchen:  A scientist’s view of genetically modified food. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press.

Hemenway, Tony (2009). Gaia’s garden:  a guide to home-scale permaculture.  White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

Jeavons, John (2006). How to grow more vegetables and fruits (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine.  Berkeley, CA:  Ten Speed Press.

Kimbrell, Andrew & Nell Newman (2007). Your right to know: Genetic engineering and the secret changes in your food. San Rafael, CA:  Earth Aware Editions.

Nabhan, Gary (2011). Where our food comes from: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's quest to end famine. Washington, DC:  Island Press.

Robinson, Kim Stanley (1997). Future primitive: The new ecotopias. NY:  Tom Dougherty Associates, Inc.

United States Dept of agriculture (1961).  Seeds:  The yearbook of agriculture 1961.

Walljasper, J. (2010).  All that we share: How to save the economy, the environment, the internet, democracy, our communities, and everything else that belongs to all of us. NY, NY:  The New Press.

Wulf, Andrea (2008). Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. London:  Random House Group, Ltd.


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