bean seeds
UC Davis Professor Paul Gepts shows some of the bean seeds he has collected from Central and South America. Most of the beans we eat today are derived from one or two wild plants. Photo by Lauren Sommer

“Seed saving” is a technique that has largely fallen by the wayside in modern agriculture. And that’s reduced the genetic diversity of the crops we rely on. But now, a handful of groups in the San Francisco Bay Area are starting their own seed-saving efforts.
Reporter: Lauren Sommer

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The California Report: Backyard Seed Banks 20 November,2010Wendy Goodfriend

  • Thank goodness for the new audience coming to gardening: backyard gardeners and small scale growers – and their local clients! – who will spend the time to plant, cultivate and grow a plant all the way to seed. They care about taste and nutrition – both really important! – rather than packaging shape and growing efficiency. Efforts to grow open-pollinated cultivars – let alone observe and select specific plants in a crop whose seeds should be protected — takes time now, yes, but preserves choice for humanity for food in our future.

    When we had to live by our agricultural wits, seeds were as valuable as children in a family’s patrimony; fortunately children are a more highly valued now than then — shouldn’t seeds be as well?



Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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