[permaculture] Safe Seed Sources
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Fri Apr 16 14:20:50 EDT 2010
Count Aurora Farm Seeds in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada among the
group of sources who feel very secure about what they are offering
folks. Our seeds are listed at
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> Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:02:12 -0700
> From: jamesdavid Sneed <harvestcircle at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [permaculture] safe seed sources
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> After my earlier message about the declining safety of our seeds, I
> felt it necessary to list a couple more sources, who, while not
> testing their material after harvest, feel very secure about what
> they are offering folks. Both George Stevens of Synergy Seeds in
> Willow Creek California and Tessa Gowans of Seed Dreams in Port
> Townsend have dedicated their lives to preserving and distributing
> the safest seed thay can, and are meticulous and honest about
> assessing the sites at which their seeds are grown.
> There are undoubtedly others. A rule of thumb for beets, chard and
> mangels is that the seed must be grown at least two miles from any
> other members of that species that may have gone to seed. Garden
> beets, mangels, chard and sugar beets all cross with each other, and
> since the gmo sugar beets inserted genes into the neighboring chard
> and beet fields for at least a few years before being discovered, a
> seed grower is even endangered by nearby gardnes in which chard or
> beets grown from untested seed sources have been allowed to go to
> seed. Most off-the-shelf seed packets fall into this category, so if
> your neighbor buys beet or chard seed at the local feed or hardware
> store, it could contaminate your seed.
> A solution is to offer your neighbors some free seed from your
> tested varieties, in exchange for them not growing the suspect seed.
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