Seed Project

June 26, 2015 - 12:10pm -- root

Overview

It is something of a cognitive dissonance that producers of annual crops invest large amounts of time, energy, and resources into growing food without paying heed to the genetic quality of their crops. So much of what the crop wants to do is already predetermined by the care of its genetic material by the previous steward. It is an assumption of this project that the degraded environment in which seed crops are grown is having an substantial effect on the vigor and efficiency on the production of these crops. By reintroducing quality nutrition into seed crop production we should be able to influence the overall vitality of crops grown from this seed stock. By not having control over the genetics of their crops, producers of high quality annuals are at the mercy of seed companies and breeders who almost certainly do not share their same paradigms on nutrition. It seems somewhat analogous to rowing against a current, where growers have to work harder to get their desired results as they fight against the flow of where the genetics want to take them. If a crop is not nutritionally viable to consume how can it be a viable producer of seed?

Goals of the Seed Project

  • Establish community interested in seed production
  • Produce seed to create a “foundation” seed stock
  • Use foundation seed to expand availability of quality seed

Proposed first steps

  • Identify growers who are producing high quality pest resistant crops who have an interest in producing and using better quality genetics
  • Create a consensus list of crops for production and select ONE open pollinated variety per crop
  • Formulate production and quality standards for seed crops
  • Decide parameters for quantitative measurements for tracking quality of seed
  • Assign crops to interested producers
  • Process seed and redistribute to producers
  • Run side by side crop quality trials of bought and produced varieties to ascertain what, if any, effect project is having on crop health
  • Keep records of cost, space, and yield so as to ascertain a financial value for seed production
  • After multiple generations review all crop types and decide whether to continue with establishment of foundation seed
  • Promote and educate interested parties on seed production and qualitative/quantitative differences of commercial versus private seed stocks
  • Branch out into contract seed production and sales of seed to disseminate product into the market

Contact us to learn more about the Seed Project!