Seed saving tips for heritage breeds and heirloom seeds.
Nine out of every ten bites of food taken in the world start with a seed; therefore, a discussion of food security without seed, is incomplete.
Seed saving brings our farm further down the path to sustainability. Flowering seed crops surround our vegetable fields. The seed crops buzz with pollinators and beneficial insects, and provide refuge for toads and birds. We have created a more complex agro-ecosystem by growing some of our own seed.
Biennial vegetables in flower are among the most interesting things for a gardener to see. Apart from being quite lovely (parsnip, leek and celery flowers could easily be garden ornamentals), they are a necessary stage of growth that is rarely seen. Most commercial seeds of cabbage, beet, turnip, celery and other biennials are grown further south, mostly overseas. The reason that you don't see these plants in bloom here is that some care is usually needed to keep them alive through the winter.