Everyone can be a seed saver. Here’s how.
Speak with your stomach and encourage seed diversity through the food you eat. Learn to love unusual varieties of fruits and veggies, and buy from local farmers who use ecological seeds whenever you can. This summer, keep an eye out for the I am a Seed Saver logo at farmers’ markets near you. Because remember, if you don’t eat it, you lose it.
Grow food and challenge yourself to plant a variety of interesting seeds from local seed producers. Save seeds from your crop and share them with others. For a quick beginner’s guide to saving seeds from common garden crops, click here. For info on next level seed saving, get your How to Save Your Own Seeds guide from Seeds of Diversity. The amazingly vast resource that is Seeds of Diversity can also point budding seed enthusiasts in the direction of a local seed producer, with their Canadian Seed Catalogue. Or try the Seed Explorer from The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to search by seed variety, company or place.
Learn more about the world of seeds. The laws, regulations and markets related to seeds are changing worldwide, and climate change a new layer of challenges for seeds and farmers. Explore Seedmap.org to learn more about the threats to seeds around the world and the ways people are pushing back. And sign up for our quarterly I Am A Seed Saver newsletter to get updates and seed saving tips delivered straight to your inbox.
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Spread the seeds of awareness – our little underground heroes can’t speak for themselves. Tell your friends, family and grocer why you care about food grown from ecological, locally-adapted seeds. Encourage your networks to support the I am a Seed Saver movement and the many organizations working for seed diversity. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for resources to share with your friends.
Get to know USC Canada and the seed savers we work with in Canada and around the world. Connect with us, volunteer your time and talents, or donate if you can. We multiply every donation made by individual supporters like you at least five times by raising matching funds from private donors, institutions and the Government of Canada. You will also receive a charitable tax receipt.