Why Save Seed? GMO’s and Your Garden

Don't let your garden become contaminated with GMO vegetables and fruits.

by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Last week we discussed some of the more obvious reasons for saving your own seed: to be more self-sufficient and save money, to adapt varieties to the local environment, and to increase genetic diversity in food crops.  But, of course, I can’t talk about saving seeds without discussing Genetically Modified Organisms, (GMO’s) otherwise known as Franken-food.

I think by now most Americans have a general understanding of what GMO’s are, but just so we’re all on the same page, let me give you a quick definition. GMO’s are organisms (in this case, food crops) that have had their natural genetic structure altered by literally forcing the genes of unrelated plants, animals, insects, fungi, bacteria, viruses and even human genes into the host plant’s embryonic cells using a virus as a vector to infect the host and spread the new gene.  Read the entire article here.


BORROW…GROW…SHARE! A New Seed Library in Springfield, MO

Saving Seed Equals Healthier Plants

Howdy Seeders!Young, healthy seedlings are ready to be thinned, repotted, or planted outdoors. Image copyright Jill Henderson

I want to share a bit of seed saving and sowing insight from Master Seedsman, Justin Huhn.  Justin’s blog, The Seedkeepers, is a wealth of information for anyone wanting to learn more about seed!  Be sure to dig deeply through his site and be sure to sign up for his weekly email newsletter, from which the following originated… Continue reading

Why Save Seed? Selection & Genetic Diversity

Saving lettuce seed couldn't get any easier. Image copyright Jill Henderson ShowMeOz.wordpress.com

I have been saving seed for almost 20 years.  What started out as a simple way to save a buck, quickly became a passion with very deep roots.  After all these years, it is exciting to see so many people interested in saving their own garden seed.  In fact, saving seed has become quite popular. But there are those who still think it’s just a fad – another hashtag in a world of buzzwords. And perhaps seed saving is just another trend in a long line of trends – like bacon everything, backyard chickens, and kale, but for those of us who have worked towards seed sovereignty and food freedom for years, an American seed saving fetish is just what this country needs!

Read the entire article at Show Me Oz

4th Annual West Plains Share the Seed Seed & Plant Swap

Seed Swap AnnouncmentYou are invited to the 4th Annual Share the Seed Seed & Plant Swap hosted by Share the Seed , West Plains.

The event will take place on Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 1-4 PM in the Trillium Trust Community Room located in the East Towne Village Marketplace, next to Heroes Coffee, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains, Missouri.

Invite your friends and bring your seeds, starts, plants, and any kind of non-toxic garden related items (pots, compost, yard art, whatever!) that you would like to share and enjoy a FREE, fun-filled day with fellow gardeners and seed enthusiasts! After you swap seeds, we invite you to stick around and visit the demonstration booths, sit in on a special presentation, and savor delectable treats!

To learn more about the swap and how you can participate, please visit our Facebook event page “Share the Seed 4th Annual Seed & Plant Swap“, or scroll to the bottom of this page to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Please consider becoming a volunteer at the seed swap. We need hands setting up (starting at noon the day of) or tearing down (starting at 4:30 PM) the day of the event.  See you there!

Share the Seed Thanks Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

SESE logoShare the Seed would like to thank Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for their generous donation of starter seeds for the members of the project in 2014.  The seed from SESE allows our members to start their seed saving efforts with pure, high-quality seed!

In addition to a catalog containing over 700 open-pollinated heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, cover crops, and other specialty items, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is “a worker-run cooperative where every worker has a voice in the decisions of the company and where workers receive equal compensation regardless of the economic value traditionally placed on the jobs done.”  Hats off to SESE for their dedication to GMO-free seeds and their work supporting small community-minded groups like ours!

For those wanting to learn more about saving their own seed, SESE has a ton of fantastic resources on their website.  Check out their Growing Guides and Library for detailed information on every crop imaginable!

Share the Seed Welcomes a New Chapter!

Aubree SandersI am very excited to announce that Share the Seed is expanding its reach with a second chapter Ava, Missouri, headed up by Share the Seed member Aubree Sanders.  Aubree is an herbalist and skilled organizer who joined the group last year and comes to us with a rich history of community service and a fantastic way with people!  While living in Springfield, MO, Aubree worked with the Well Fed Neighbor Alliance and the 1,000 Gardens Project educating the community about the need for food security in the Ozarks. Aubree and her partner, Bradley, own and operate Celestial Springs Herbs in Ava.   She plans to kick off the Ava chapter with a seed swap!  So if you live in the Ava, MO area, please contact us here to volunteer and get all the details! We will be posting the Ava seed swap event and more right here, so stay tuned!