What makes a good seed?
Good seeds grow into food you enjoy eating. Good seeds are easily accessible to farmers and gardeners. They don’t harm pollinators or wildlife. They grow well because they’ve had the chance to adapt to local conditions. They’re naturally robust and don’t require synthetic pesticides. They are backed by centuries of selective crossing and breeding by farmers and gardeners.
Every region needs its own resilient supply of diverse, locally-grown seeds. It’s the first condition of food sovereignty, and the key to growing good food, sustainably. It’s also an increasingly urgent issue: in the 20th century alone, 75 per cent of crop diversity has been lost.
When you plant seeds you’ve saved yourself, or seeds you purchased from an independent seed company in your area, you help preserve seed diversity.