Photo: Helen Krayenhoff

Do you rely on buying seeds for your vegetable garden? In the first months of the pandemic shutdowns there was a rush on seeds and many people hoping to grow food struggled to get what they needed.

Why not make seed saving part of your gardening practice? You’ll be helping to create a more resilient community that can respond in times of crisis, whether it be to pandemic or climate change.

Need more convincing that seed saving is worthwhile? Consider that over 94% of the seed commercially available 100 years ago is gone. The loss of genetic diversity and the current model of breeding for uniformity makes our food system much more susceptible to shocks from pests and diseases as well as from severe weather events and climate change. Additionally, most of the seeds both farmers and home gardeners purchase are grown outside of the United States, making access more vulnerable. Help create a local seed shed in your community and be part of the solution. Info and registration: here

Seed Saving in a Time of Crisis: an Online How-to Class
Richmond Grows and the Richmond Public Library
Monday September 14, 6–8pm
Free

Also from Richmond Grows:
The East Bay Gardeners Forum is a place to ask questions and share resources with other East Bay gardeners. Join this online community on Groups.io, EastBayGardeners+subscribe@EastBayResilience.groups.io.