Saving Non-Hybrid Seeds
|If you’re a gardener like me, you probably have a thought in the back of your mind that goes something like this: I know how to plant and grow vegetables, and I know how to store them. So if an unthinkable disaster happens, I’ll be able to grow food for my family. Well we’re certainly better off than folks who have never gardened. But where will you get the open-pollinated seed? Are you already saving it? Are you saving a good variety of different veggies? I usually save seeds of a tomato or two that I like, but I know I don’t save enough to grow a real food garden if the worst should happen.
Heirloom Organics is a seed company specializing in non-hybrid (open-pollinated), non-GMO seed. They sell a product called “Survival Seed Vault” that contains enough seed to feed you family for years. The Seed Vault contains 25 varieties of seed, and well over 50,000 seeds. They have been processed for long-term storage (7+ years) using the USDA method. The container is sealed against moisture, with inner bags. It can even be buried!
Varieties include tomatoes, green beans, carrots, lettuce, oats, melon, beets, cabbage, wheat, zucchini, watermelon, turnips, spinach, swiss chard, peas, peppers, winter squash, mustard greens, cabbage and kale. Most varieties can be grown in any zone.
With an uncertain economy the food supply could certainly be affected. Imagine if you could no longer afford to buy food because carrots were $20 a bag, or were just plain no longer available. The Seed Vault is just $99 for over 50,000 seeds. Remember these are seeds that you can save year after year, unlike modern hybrid seeds. This is a great insurance policy for you and your family!