It seems that with all the talk of preparedness and food storage, there is an area that many people tend to forget: Seeds for Sustainability. It’s not surprising that this area is often over looked in the mad dash to stock food, since most people are not used to growing their own food any more.
Our family has seen first-hand what a disaster, scare or riot can do to the limited supplies at the local super market. The scene is a constant striking reminder to keep not only the tools on hand to grow our own food, but always practice the skills no matter where we find ourselves living.
Since the early 1900’s and with much thanks to the industrial revolution, our increased urban and suburban society left much of that up to the farmer and relaxed into patronizing a local grocery store. But with the ever looming questions of stability on the horizon, seeds and growing food at home has become a widely agreeable topic. The change in the air is now toward people who never knew these skills to now practice them and begin to first grow then use future seeds at home, much like the ‘Victory Gardens’ of World War II.
The problem is, seeds have changed a lot since the ‘Victory Garden’ days of old. With these changes more types of seeds became readily available in the early 1970’s, with disease and pest resistant varieties, hybrids and other options supposed to give us greater yield. However, as years have passed, we are finding these to not be very sustainable seed options.
In the days ahead, we will be focusing on many of the terms associated with seeds. We will discuss these types of seeds with the focus being on sustainability and perpetuated growth. It is my hope remove some of the confusion and clarify the terms that may stump the average budding home or container gardener and take away some of the guess work when planning to plant and grow a sustainable garden.
We will discuss:
- Heirloom Seeds
- Hybrid Seeds
- Organic Seeds
- Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Seeds
- Saving Seeds