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Stephen

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Seed Bank Project
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:20:54 AM »
Our local Prep group started a Seed Bank Project. The objective is for each person in the group to have their own bank of Open Pollinated vegetable seeds that have been proven to do well in this location, and packaged for long-term storage. Ideally, we would all be growing these in our gardens now. Reality is that some of our members just don't have the ability to do that at their present location. Do what you can with what you've got where you are.

The original idea was that we would prepare the seed banks as a group and then split the cost. After working on it a bit, we realized that it just wasn't a practical approach. Instead, we came up with instructions to build your own seed bank. While ours is specifically designed for our location (Volusia County, Florida), you can easily modify it to meet your own needs.

Here's the link to the Seed Bank Project:
http://volusiacountyprepping.com/seed-bank-project/


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Re: Seed Bank Project
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 03:51:50 PM »
For all of our newer Georgia members, we used to have a seed bank and many folks made contributions to it.  When the caretaker moved out of state, I volunteered to take it over and do some grow outs of the older seeds (thus keeping the supply fresh).  Unfortunately the seeds were improperly stored in plastic bags, and most had small bug holes.  The only thing I could get to germinate was......you guessed it.....zucchini.  I offered to return the seeds to the original contributors but no one was interested so I actually opened unopened packs of varieties I didn't have on my little farm and none of those germinated, either.

Plastic bags (even DOUBLE wrapped) are not sufficient to keep out the many kinds of little seed-boring bugs that will feast on your food supply.  Even in a sealed plastic tub.  Freezing and thawing, freezing and thawing will also take a toll on your germination rate.  And there are some seeds that will only be good for 3-4 years NO MATTER HOW WELL YOU STORE THEM.  This is not a do and forget thing - vacuum sealing or freezing PLUS rotation appropriate to the seed is the only thing that will feed you if things go bad or food goes sky high.   

For more info please get yourself a copy of Suzanne Ashworth's Seed to Seed, 2nd edition.  You don't just dry 'em and put 'em up - that doesn't imitate nature for many types of seeds and no matter well stored, they will not grow.
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Stephen

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Re: Seed Bank Project
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 04:03:19 PM »
A big +1 for Seed to Seed. That should be on everyone's bookshelf! Excellent book.