Plants are the most fundamental organism in nature. They are able to photosynthesise, accumulate carbon and release oxygen into the atmosphere, and sometimes, like in the case of the majestic Sequoia trees, can live up for over three millennia.

All of nature is succumbed by plant life. Micro-organisms like nematodes, fungi and bacteria keep the soil healthy and strengthen and protect plants. Animals, birds, insects, water and the wind disperse their seeds to all corners of the earth in their endless verities and all life entwined to their success.

To serve their distribution needs humans transplanted, changed and redesigned plant life throughout the world. For over 10,000 years gardeners and scientists have experimented with the genetics of food plants through cross-pollination, selection and the enhancing of desired traits. While holding seeds in our hand when planting, we cannot comprehend the amount of history contained in the seeds, both of what has come before and what is to come.

In these modern days of mass extinction, huge corporations struggle to find solutions against natural devastation they have created. Where the majority of humans live disconnected from natural life we are losing plant diversity at a striking speed.

The mission of protecting our human plant history involves each and every one of us. The skills of seed saving and preservation are essential for organic gardeners and fundamental for agriculture. Gardeners should be able to grow and maintain their own seeds as the base of controlling their productivity. Seed preservation was the first skill by which humans developed agriculture and transformed from hunter-gatherer societies toward a settled existence, and enabled mankind to pursue different aspects of human existence that brought about technological advancement.

Today saving and sharing of heirloom seeds is essential in creating a sustainable eco-organic society that is sustainable for future generations.



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