The seed savour product is about supporting diversity of vegetables to broaden the range of flavours from seed to plate and primarily to rehabilitate some of the diminishing crops that used to grow on the fields and in our back yards. Most of these original heirloom seeds have been saved by seed banks and enthusiastic growers and I hope through a series of tools like the seed savour project, we can re-introduce these forgotten varieties back to nature.
We use our starter kits to communicate a interactive part of our vision. Learning about the steps necessary to grow and harvest a seed starts with knowledge and the right tools.We use our starter kits to communicate a interactive part of our vision. Learning about the steps necessary to grow and harvest a seed starts with knowledge and the right tools.
The Seed Savour project aims to educate anyone that maybe interested to know about where our food comes from. We hope to educate individuals interested about harvesting their own seeds so that it may become sustainable source of food for the future. We hope to build share system to disperse the knowledge of harvesting seeds while broadening our understanding of the varieties of vegetables available to us other than those from the supermarket shelf.
Why / Create a necessary change / History
Heirloom seeds predate the revolution of genetic manipulation of seeds. These seeds have been saved and grown for centuries and are a necessity in keeping the diversity and balance of ecosystems in nature. Their used to exist 7500 varieties of tomato’s but only a few of these reach the supermarket shelf today.
Supermarkets are highly efficient in bringing food to people but some of these original vegetable varieties don’t live up to the specifications that determine whether a product is suitable for the shelf. The underlying reason for this is due to several characteristics such as growing period, efficiency per acre, transportability, strength of the fruit and the efficiency of the harvest cycle. It’s essential that a balance is found between industrial food production of homogenous produce which is very efficient at feeding masses and specialty food production of heirloom produce which supports diversity of food and nature.
Supermarkets will continue to produce for the masses, however the diversity varieties can still be boosted by home growers who have time and are most importantly are spread across the country. We hope little pockets like heirlooms gardens will boost the diversity of not only vegetable varieties but also the insects community. There are many layers and facets to this project which we hope can be proactive in however small positive way.
The Value of having a product
For my graduation project I wanted to create product with a holistic approach in sustainable thinking and materials either biodegradable or long lasting so that they can be passed forward. An online platform would build a community where experiences would be exchanged and shared to aid with difficulties amongst growers.
How it all started
The Seed Savour project started with a fascination for understanding the immense variety of produce our planet nurtures. So many varieties and distinguished flavors and colours it dawned upon me to ask where most of these varieties are and could they be acquired by people like you and myself. There seems to be something so exciting about being able to grow something in your garden and reaping the benefits, so why not choose to do this with heirlooms vegetables.
A Little History
Our Dwindling Food Variety
As we’ve come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It’s hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International gave a clue to the scope of the problem. It compared USDA listings of seed varieties sold by commercial U.S. seed houses in 1903 with those in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct. More up-to-date studies are needed.
The Seed Savour project aims to rehabilitate and spread the ever diminishing varieties of vegetable species by allowing individuals to grow them at home. Over the last 100 years these crop varieties have slowly dwindled to a small percentage of what we used to. An example is that there are over 7500 Tomato species of which only a few are available in the supermarket. This is due to many factors of which some are; price, size, transport and production that bring the most efficient product to the shelf. So help nature out with a few heirloom gardens so we can save some of our original crops.
Our distribution platform works on a pro-active basis where individuals purchase seeds from the online website or through distributors that sells the product. Seeds are provided with the Seed Savour Kit, however the aim is that more people become involved with the seed savour project. This will promote heirloom seeds and the exchange of these seeds between heirloom gardeners. Eventually, I hope, the heirloom seed exchange platform will run by itself. Lets say a hundred kits are spread into a local community and then seeds are trade amongst them with a range of varieties.
Due to the large amount of varieties it is possible to create a selection of kits with mixed varieties as well as differing varieties from other peers. This mix in each kit delivers a variety for users to grow with a variation of crop that can then be harvested for seeds which can be exchanged. Saving seeds is not necessarily everyone’s priority , but growing your own and sharing give a fulfillment that merits buying.
We hope our platform can channel the basics of saving seeds and hope that the already educated see savers can participate with adding to the website with their knowledge. We are always interested in volunteer gardeners that maybe interested in blogging for us. So get involved.
The website is free to everyone
Those who want to promote our vision can buy a kit and get involved in the ambassador program. We ask to do so buy purchasing a kit. This allows for one to be have their own harvest being posted on the site and becomes one pillar in the sharing network.
Pay it Forward
Share your seeds but we advice that this is at your own account and the risks of sharing seeds should be done with the seed savers guidelines. Seed Savour hope to be a guide in your attempt to save seeds and how this can be done efficiently. our sources come from many web sources which we have distilled to make the process clear for everyone.
There is a lot more information for this on their site: www.seedsavers.org