Cultivating Community Seed Networks in the Northeast

The Northeast is far from the ideal climate for seed production. But because seed savers work on such a small scale, it's actually fairly easy for backyard gardeners to harvest good quality seeds. The Community Seeds program is designed to train gardeners and farmers in the art and practice of seed saving. Run over the course of an entire growing season, Community Seeds courses start with planning and planting and continue through every step of seed production including seed cleaning and storage. The seeds harvested are shared with all participants, resulting in the emergence of a community seed network that can continue to grow in future years. Results at the end end of the season: in-depth seed-saving knowledge and tons of seeds to share.

 

Part of the seed harvest from the Community Seeds program at Duke Farms in New Jersey.

Part of the seed harvest from the Community Seeds program at Duke Farms in New Jersey.