On June 25th, Sacramento residents about saving seeds attended the Seed Saving class hosted by Soil Born Farms. Harold Hoven from Raphael Garden gave an in-depth class about different techniques such as saving seeds from different plants, the importance of seed saving and how seed saving is different with different plants.
Proper seed saving is more than just taking a plant putting it in the ground, letting it grow, then extracting the seeds. Like with many things, there is a science to seed saving. First, you have to determine what plant you want to save seeds from. Second, see if you want to keep the plant’s purity, which means keeping the species of the plant, without it being contaminated or you want to cross different breeds together. Once you find that out you have to see what plants will cross-breed. Take a kale plant and a collard plant, they are in the same family. Which there is a risk that they could cross-breed and if you want pure seeds this would be bad.
Also, you have to be aware of the different types of pollination, there are 3 types of pollination: self-pollination, wind-pollination, and cross-pollination. Self-pollination refers to when the plant goes to seed, it produces flowers and the flowers can both a stamen and a pistil. Wind-pollination refers to when the plant goes to seed and it flowers. the wind distributes the pollen. Cross-pollination refers to when the plant goes to seed it produces flowers and the pollen from the flowers gets transferred to another flower.
Seed saving sounds it’s a lot of work and it is, but it’s both beneficial and reward you economically. Seed Saving saves you money , as eliminate the need to go to the store and buy them.
“Seed Saving is so critical, when you have places providing genetically modified seeds. It’s the most critical thing you can do in food because you become self-sustainable,” says Obalaye Macharia, community organizer. “You don’t have to go to the store and buy seeds, also you know where your food comes from because you use your seeds and grow your own food.”
There are a lot of benefits with seed saving. You get to know where your food comes from, you save money by eliminating the need to buy seeds, and you become the producer of your food. Here are a list of classes that Soil Born Farms offers http://www.ubuntugreen.org/pdf/SoilBornClasses2014.pdf and if you are interested in taking classes contact Sarah Barnes, Education Coordinator at Soil Born Farms firstname.lastname@example.org.