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#411: How to Build the Best Vegetable Seed Library - [Bill McDorman]
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Bill McDorman, the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance about how you should be saving your seeds to build a local seed library in your area.
For over 40 years, Bill, a once aspiring lawyer to be, switched gears to engage in the adventure of saving seeds that would grow well in his area of the country.
He traveled all the way to Siberia to source tomato seeds that were forgotten about by the world, hidden behind the Soviet iron curtain, to bring them back to his own seed library.
Today, Bill doesn't need to do much treasure hunting these days to source seeds for the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance as many avid gardeners bring them to him.
Bill is going to tell us why it is so important to save our seeds and detail just how easy it is to do. He is going to give us some of his seed saving stories, and how, right now, you can start a seed library in your area, for very little cost.
This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!
✅ Why should we save seeds
✅ What stops gardeners from saving their own seeds
✅ What are the easiest seeds to save
✅ When should we save the seeds from what we are growing
✅ Is it legal to save seeds
✅ What happens if you save the seeds from store bought produce
✅ Common seed saving misconceptions
Bill McDorman is a seed saver, writer, and educator based in Cornville, Arizona.
He is co-founder of The Down Home Project, Garden City Seeds, Seeds Trust, High Altitude Gardens, the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, Seed School and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.
He is author of the book Basic Seed Saving. Bill is the former executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH.
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