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The Seed Garden

Jared Zystro and Micaela Colley

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The Art and Practice of Seed Saving

Filled with advice for the home gardener and the more seasoned horticulturist alike, The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving provides straightforward instruction on collecting seed that is true-to-type and ready for sowing in next year's garden. With clear instructions, lush photographs, and easy-to-comprehend profiles on individual vegetable crops, this book not only teaches us how to go about conserving these important varieties for future generations and for planting out in next year's garden, it also provides a deeper understanding of the importance of saving these genetically valuable varieties of vegetables that have evolved over the centuries through careful selection by farmers and home gardeners. In an age of genetically modified crops and hybrid seed, a growing appreciation for saving seeds of these time-tested, open-pollinated cultivars has found a new audience from home vegetable gardeners and cooks to restaurant chefs and local farmers. Softcover, 350 pp.

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In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Organic Seed Alliance, Micaela Colley manages participatory plant breeding, research, and education projects with farmers, university researchers, and other seed professionals. She has authored several educational publications covering topics on organic seed production, on-farm crop improvement, and variety trialing, and teaches workshops on seed-related topics. Micaela has 11 years of experience in the organic seed field, including past experience in the organic seed industry. Jared Zystro is Organic Seed Alliance's research and education assistant director. He has an MA in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Jared has worked in the organic seed industry for over 10 years, managing seed production at two farms and conducting research and education projects with OSA. In his work at OSA, he manages OSA's regional development in California, conducts participatory breeding projects and variety trials, and teaches farmers about seed production and plant breeding at workshops, conferences, and field days. Jared lives in the coastal town of Arcata, California with his wife Lisa.

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