660: Harvesting the Future from Your Garden

660: Harvesting the Future from Your Garden.

A Garden Chat with Bill McDorman.


On the last Tuesday every month we host The Urban Farm Garden Chats where Greg Peterson has a relaxed conversation in a Zoom room with a special guest to cover useful gardening topics, and they answer questions from the live listening audience.  To join us for the next event, go to www.GardenChat.org or
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In This Garden Chat:

Your tastiest vegetables can be grown again and again from your own garden! Future harvests are just a few steps away from what you are growing now and Bill McDorman can help you see the path to the future you want.  Explore the benefits of seed saving, learn how to take those first steps, and keep your journey on course with a free class recommendation.



Our Special Guest:

Bill McDorman got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013.  He authored the book Basic Seed Saving in 1994, and in 2010 he and his wife, Belle Starr, created Seed School, a nationally recognized week long training.  Bill is a passionate and knowledgeable presenter who inspires his audience to learn to save their own seeds and so much more!



Saving your seeds just makes sense

– Browsing seed catalogs – a national sport for almost all gardeners

– Buying every year simply because the industry has trained us to think it is necessary

– Getting the right kind of seed

– Comparing open pollination with hybrids

– Passing a plant’s adaptations on to future generations – Epigenetics

– Changing the conditions in your garden (HINT: You really don’t have to change everything!)

– Avoiding disease when rotating crops

– The one thing that causes most crop diseases

– Creating an old growth food forest

– Getting started for free – Seed Saving 101

– Understanding seed math

– Refusing to sell seeds and reaping the benefits

First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology by Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr.




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