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Meet the Scientists Hunting and Saving Wild Sunflower Seeds

Gerald Seiler, of the USDA’s Northern Crop Science Laboratory in Fargo, ND, preserves wild sunflowers between sheets of paper and cardboard. Photographs by Michael Lundgren.

As the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable due to climate change, plant breeders face the monumental challenge of ensuring that crops will be able to thrive under constantly shifting conditions.

By Nelson Harvey
Modern Farmer
September 28, 2015


Sunflowers are the world’s second-most cultivated hybrid seed crop (after corn), and sunflower oil is a dietary staple in China, Russia, Ukraine, and Argentina, to name but a few countries. Though U.S. farms represent just 3 percent of global sunflower production, the plant is native to North America. In other words, the wild genetic material that breeders need to adapt the crop for future uncertainty is found almost exclusively on our soil.

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National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation helping save citrus

seedbank See video about the Centre here.

The Center house the largest repository of plant and animal genetic material in the world.

Story by Moni Basu, CNN
Video by Jackson Loo, CNN
Aug 26, 2015


Thousands of miles away in Fort Collins, Colorado, is McLean’s support battalion, the genetic experts at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation.

The center, often called the Fort Knox of the genetic world, looks like another nondescript building on the Colorado State University campus, but it’s designed to withstand fierce tornadoes and terrorist attacks and houses the largest repository of plant and animal genetic material in the world.

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We offer 41 varieties of 100% organic non-GMO seeds for the pinnacle of delicious and nutritious

Excerpt from press release:

The Seedsheet is an ideally designed, pre-fab garden including seeds and soil that’s embedded within a weed barrier sheet. With a simple unfurling, a customer can lay their Seedsheet atop soil and effectively start an entire garden, as easily as making their own bed, in less than a minute. It is truly “plug and plant.” No measuring, no seeding, and no weeding.

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The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons

A quiet revolution is underway in Bali’s prisons.

Bangli Prison Organic Farm is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation

By Ade Andreawan
Jakarta Globe
Apr 27, 2015


On the inside of Bangli Prison in central Bali, seeds of life are transforming inmates in a correctional revolution of wellbeing not only for health of the prisoners, but the birth of a pioneering food-seed social enterprise — possibly a world-first in prison reform models — providing nourishment for tens of thousands across Bali, and strengthening Indonesia’s food sovereignty in the process.

Bangli Prison Organic Farm, supported by an Indonesian donor-funded team of permaculture and community development experts, is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation.

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‘GMOs… Savior Seeds?’ – episode of VICE on HBO

It airs on Friday, May 8 on HBO at 11pm EST

Hosted by Isobel Yeung
May 2015
The full episode will be available on HBO On Demand and HBO Go.

Genetically modified seeds have been planted around the world and hailed as a solution to global hunger. But these crops, called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have also sparked heated protest around the world. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung traces the path of these super-crops from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay.

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‘Seeds of Time’ Documentary Opening in Theaters on May 22

Directed Sandy McLeod
Produced By JD Marlow, Emily Triantaphyllis, Chiemi Karasawa

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler’s journey, and our own, is just beginning. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

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The Seedsheet – The Future of Fresh

See their Kickstarter page

By Cam MacKugler
The Seedsheet
Nov 2014


Create your virtual garden using our online patent-pending garden-builder software. Slide the dimension bars to select the size of your existing bed. Input your zip code so we can determine your home’s hardiness zone, and filter our available plants to suggest those that will thrive in your specific environment. Then peruse our expansive selection of vegetables, fruits, and herbs to build the garden of your dreams. As you build, watch as we display your estimated germination percentage, the days until harvest, and the money you’re saving!

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Heirlooms R Us – Brewster, Kansas

Cliff and Pamela don’t feel they face many obstacles due to growing their seeds without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

The seed business supplements their primary income from Social Security.

By Diane Desenberg
Ground Breaking Roots
July 13, 2014

I was tickled pink to find Cliff and Pamela Fox of Our Vegetable Patch. They are all about heirloom seeds. I didn’t have an email address or telephone number for them, so I was forced to show up unannounced at their Brewster, Kansas home. As I was trying to figure out whether anyone was around, they came down the street, having just returned from a fishing vacation. They were genuinely thrilled to share their excitement about the 225 varieties of seeds they grow.

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Chestnut farmer on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon

A Low-Tech Organic Chestnut Farmer from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Chris Foster of Cascadia Chestnuts

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
Oct 14, 2014


I’ve had a curiosity about chestnuts for many years – since childhood, actually. We used to go Fall hunting for the ‘perfect’ chestnut as they fell to the ground. But those were horse chestnuts, not the edible type. There was the old classic song, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, kept alive most notably by the Nat King Cole version. But the edible kind weren’t available by the time I was growing up – most of the big American chestnut trees were wiped out by a fungus in the early 1900’s. For me, chestnuts were a mythical food.

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program

Purple Bumble Bee Tomato.

At regular intervals throughout the growing season, the program delivers seedlings to several dozen community gardens around town

By Mark Thompson
Farming Philly
June 2, 2014


… the program produces an estimated 200,000 seedlings a year at five greenhouses around the city, one of which is located on the grounds of a minimum security prison. About 80 percent of the seedlings are crop varieties that have previously been grown and distributed by City Harvest, and have generated positive feedback from community gardeners around town, he said. The other 20 percent are new varieties.

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SeedWise: Selling and buying organic seeds online directly from USA farmers

Floriana Red Flint Corn.

The mission is to help customers buy organic seeds directly from the farmer, while helping seed farmers earn more of a living by selling at retail prices instead of wholesale to seed catalogs.

Press Release by Luke Callahan
San Luis Obispo CA
May 12, 2014, the organic and non-GMO seed marketplace, has created an online platform for organic seed farmers to connect directly with retail consumers. Home gardeners and farmers alike can now purchase seeds with the added knowledge of exactly where and by whom, their seeds have been grown.

SeedWise is breaking down one of the last barriers of transparency in the organic movement by integrating the farmer at the root level of commercial exchange. Unlike even the most well-respected organic seed companies, SeedWise allows buyers to choose not just seed variety, but also provides the choice of seeds grown in specific climates, by particular farms.

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Twitter-enabled vending machine gives out free seeds for tweets


The company is also running a Pledge to Plant sweepstakes, which will reward 50 random people with a home garden package and a donation to their local garden program (valued at $550)

By Derek Markham
March 6, 2014


In an organic twist on the standard vending machines we’re all familiar with, one organic seed and food company is combining social media, gardening, and giveaways, all of which help promote the company’s generous garden grant program.

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SEED: The Untold Story – a documentary film in production

From creators of Queen Of The Sun & Real Dirt On Farmer John.

Directors Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz
Collective Eye Films
Coming 2014


SEED: The Untold Story, a feature-length documentary film, tells the harrowing and heartening story of humans’ 12,000-year relationship with seeds. As many irreplaceable seeds are nearing extinction, SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for their future. The film follows an absorbing journey into “doomsday” seed vaults, the colorful dedication of seed savers, and the world of indigenous tribes, who strive to protect our sacred seed ancestry. SEED celebrates the mystery, power and essential nature of seeds. Entertaining and engaging, SEED will ignite the imagination of audiences, inspiring them to be part of a brave new movement dedicated to safeguarding our world’s sustainable future.

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How to Save Your Own Seeds


A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production

By Seeds of Diversity Canada
6th Edition

This 68 page handbook is greatly expanded from the previous edition, giving seed savers the most up-to-date information on seeds, flowers, and pollination. It demystifies the techniques of saving seeds from common garden vegetables, giving simple detailed instructions for each type.

Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner’s manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.

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Seed Tabs in your favourite cafes


We created small packets of seeds called SeedTabs to make buying and planting seeds as easy as drinking coffee.

Excerpts from SeedTab website:

Over a year ago we started handing out small packets of seeds to friends and family. The drug like bags full of seeds received confused looks that quickly faded into smiles as understanding took over. The response was consistent, people are excited to plant, but aren’t willing to go out of their way to find the needed items. We decided to eliminate this hurtle by developing SeedTabs and offering them in the high traffic locations of our communities.

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