Author(s): Josie Jeffery
An illustrated introduction to saving seeds--how to harvest seeds from your own garden, set up a seed library to share with your community, and grow plants from your own seed stash. With a directory of plants and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the perfect book for first-time gardeners. In an exciting introduction to the global seed-swapping movement, passionate seed activist Josie Jeffery explores why we should care about our plant heritage and, most importantly, explains how to do it. With an invaluable directory of all the best seeds to swap and save, Seedswap provides all the tools you need to start your very own growing revolution. This book covers the what, who, and whys of seed swapping and seed saving. It advises where to start and how to get involved with the worldwide horticultural campaign to "save our seeds." The work of seed activist individuals and groups is highlighted with inspirational tips and tales, and there is insight into the practices of major seed companies and how this has affected seed diversity, as well as how "seed breeding" affects the future of plants. The work of seed collections and seed banks is explored, and advice is given on how to collect, clean, store, preserve, and raise seeds. The second part of the book contains an extensive plant directory, which is full of advice on how to grow plants from "seed to seed." ContentsForeword by Alan Philips, Seedy SundayIntroduction by Andy Jackson, Kew1. Seed Swapping2. An Introduction to Seeds3. The Benefits of Swapping4. Sourcing and Saving Seeds5. Seed Banks6. Create a Seed Bank7. Raising SeedsSeed DirectorySeedswap TroubleshooterSeed LibrariesGlossaryIndex
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"There is nothing more important in our times than saving seeds and swapping seeds. We are faced with a seed emergency caused by rapid disappearance of seed diversity; the replacement of renewable seeds with nonrenewable, patented seeds; and the perverse idea that seed saving and seed sharing is an 'intellectual property crime.' Seedswap will help spread the seeds of freedom."--Dr. Vandana Shiva, seed activist and founder of Navdanya International
JOSIE JEFFERY is a keen horticulturalist, seed activist, and grassroots gardener. She studied hoticulture and garden design in Brighton, where since 2009 she's also run a successful business, SeedFreedom. Josie is the author of "Seedbombs: Going Wild with Flowers" (Ivy Press, 2011) and "Good Companions: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting" (Ivy Press, 2012).