Fall is harvest time in Northern California. But there’s one thing most backyard gardeners don’t harvest: seeds. Seed saving is a technique that has fallen by the wayside in modern agriculture. The idea is to preserve biodiversity and develop plants that are suited for the Bay Area’s micro-climates. As Lauren Sommer reports, a handful of people are starting their own seed-saving efforts.

Backyard Seed Banks 23 April,2013Lauren Sommer

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Lauren Sommer

Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, Science Friday and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.

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