We’re meant to do this…
Up until a few generations ago, seed saving was a skill everyone learned.
But somewhere along the march to modernity, we handed over responsibility for our seeds to an ever-shrinking number of large corporations, and your best interest is not what makes them money.
More than 90% of the heirloom fruits and vegetables that were once grown in gardens all over the country and the world…
For the last 50 years, Will Bonsall has been on a mission to put a stop to this loss of genetic diversity and culinary variety by practicing and teaching the (nearly-lost) art of seed saving.
Until now, his teaching was only available through his books or in-person.
But with this class, you can now learn from arguably the most knowledgeable and experienced seed saver in the world, right from the comfort of your own home.
You can drastically increase your food security by saving seeds…
Will Bonsall will show you how!
Why save seeds?
You might ask yourself, why bother saving seeds?
Well, as Will Bonsall explains, there are many reasons…
First, in the course of your gardening “career,” you may come across a variety that, for one reason or another, you’re especially fond of.
Maybe it’s particularly well-suited to your local environment. Maybe it matures at a time that’s more convenient for you to harvest. Maybe you just like the taste, or even the way it looks.
In those cases, you’ll definitely want to know how to save the seeds. Because seeds come and go, and that variety you love may not be available commercially for very long.
Additionally, knowing how to save seeds makes you more self-reliant, and offers some security in these uncertain times.
Sure, seeds are readily available and relatively inexpensive right now.
But who knows what the future holds? Just a few years ago, there was a nationwide seed shortage during the pandemic. Any number of scenarios could lead to another, and there’s no telling how long it could last.
Knowing how to save seeds might just give a little extra security and peace of mind… and I think we can all appreciate that.
Your Traditional Skills Lesson Plan:
- Lesson 1: You Can Save Seeds to Replant!
- Lesson 2: Meet Will Bonsall
- Lesson 3: Get Your Supplies
- Lesson 4: Saving Seeds for Resilience
- Lesson 5: Where to Source Seeds
- Lesson 6: Open-Pollinated, Heirloom, and Patented Seeds
- Lesson 7: Why Not to use Hybrid Seeds
- Lesson 8: How to Determine Seed Maturity
- Lesson 9: Seed Saving Methods
- Lesson 10: Tomatoes (Wet Process)
- Lesson 11: Cucumbers (Wet Process)
- Lesson 12: Squash (Dry Process)
- Lesson 13: Biennial Vegetables (Dry Process)
- Lesson 14: Grain (Dry Process)
- Lesson 15: Corn (Dry Process)
- Lesson 16: Potatoes
- Lesson 17: How to Store Seeds
- Lesson 18: Selection and Variability
- Lesson 19: How to Control Pollination
- Lesson 20: Hand Pollination
- Lesson 21: Your Next Steps
- Bonus: Garlic
- Bonus: Egyptian Onions
- Bonus: Will’s Wisdom for Beginners
- Bonus: FAQ
Your Skill Instructor: Will Bonsall
Hi, I’m Will Bonsall.
I’m the director of the Scatterseed Project, and I farm ‘veganically’ on my Maine homestead.
I first started saving seeds more than 50 years ago. My goal back then was to be self-sufficient. I wanted to buy seeds once, and never have to buy them again.
Soon I started learning about all the incredible varieties that aren’t available in seed catalogs. The varieties farmers and gardeners have kept in their families for generations. And I discovered that many of these varieties are better than anything you can get commercially.
I developed a passion for discovering and preserving those heirloom varieties, and ensuring they get passed down to the next generation.
Over the years, I guess you could say I’ve become an expert at saving seeds… but I’m mostly self-taught. Saving seeds isn’t rocket science. I can’t wait to show you how.
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