Fight GMO: 7 Easy Steps to Start Saving Your Own Seed

June 11, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More

WIKI-Seeds2Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Does your Aunt Martha grow the best organic Meyer lemons in all of Florida? Do you have a favorite tomato plant in your yard that was grown from heirloom seed, and was never treated with chemical fertilizer? Do you buy your produce like lettuces, avocado, kale and green onions from certified organic growers, or at a local market where farmers and small gardeners pride themselves on growing non-GMO seed cultivated from pure, natural fertilizers and rich soil made from compost? If so, it is time to take advantage of those great fruits and vegetables by saving seed. This will ensure that you, your family, friends and neighbors have non-GMO food when companies like Monsanto start to spread their toxic seeds even further, out onto larger acreage.

There are seven easy steps to take when saving seed. You will want to make sure that once they are dried, you keep them in a cool, dry place, preferably in a vacuum sealed mylar pouch or a dark container so that they won’t lose their ability to germinate. Some seeds will store for a year or more, others have a lesser germination time, so if you aren’t going to plant them next season, give them to a neighbor or friend to plant instead and then ask them to save some seed to give back to you the next time they harvest their fruits and vegetables.

  1. Try to save a variety of seeds so that your body can enjoy a rich, and varied collection of fruits and vegetables that each offer their own phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Even if you love dinosaur kale, make sure to save seeds from several varieties to account for strange or inclement weather and the varied germination of plants that grow differently in different regions. Consider planting beans in multiple varieties too as a great non-meat protein source.
  2. Some seeds can be scraped easily from the flesh of a fruit, like organic lemons or oranges, limes, or pomelos, but other fruits or vegetables can make seed extraction down-right messy. You can use a spoon or even a screw driver or metal pick to help get seeds out. Don’t worry about having extra pulp, you can wash that away in a shallow pan to separate the seed form the fruit or vegetable fiber.
  3. Once you have scraped out or picked out your seeds rinse them carefully and extract the extra pulp, then lay them down on a glass dish – not paper towels, as they can stick, and the smaller the seed, can suffer more damage this way. You also want air to be able to circulate evenly around the seed, so a shallow glass dish is perfect. They should go in a sunny spot, but make sure you keep an eye on them for several days. You want them to dry, not sprout, unless you will be using them immediately for planting.
  4. Once the seeds are dry, place them in an envelope or plastic bag (without BPAs) and label it clearly so you know which seed you are holding for the future. Even if you are familiar with many seeds by looking at them, it makes it easier to label them when you start saving multiple varieties. Also date the seed with the day you place them in the dry container.
  5. Seeds from flowering vegetables like lettuce can be shaken into a paper bag to collect, and don’t’ require any drying time, usually. They can often just air dry for a few hours and then go straight into a storage container. When a flower of a vegetable starts to become dry, this is a good time to gather seed.
  6. Always put your seeds in a cool, dry place with low humidity.
  7. Some seeds can be stored in the refrigerator, and others can even be frozen so that they can be used almost five or six years later. Check with a master gardener to find out which seeds germinate best when previously frozen.

These simple tips for saving organic, non-GMO seed is a great way to participate in the resistance to the seed monopolies being established by Monsanto other agro-chemical companies. It is incumbent upon all of us to do our part in reclaiming the right to grow our own, unadulterated natural foods.

About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao TzuParamahansa YoganandaRob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

~~ Help Waking Times to raise the vibration by sharing this article with the buttons below…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Category: Agriculture, Christina Sarich, Community, Contributors, Earth, Food, Resources, Society, Waking Times

Comments (3)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Bonnie Camo MD says:

    Seeds from fruit trees and many vegetables may not breed true as they could have cross pollenated with other varieties by wind or insects. Beans are self-pollenated so will generally breed true.

Leave a Reply

Must Watch Videos

Mass Produced Security Robots Introduced in U.S.

Mass Produced Security Robots Introduced in U.S.













Waking Times

While debate continues to rage about the threat of autonomous “killer robots,” the mechanized replacement of humans continues across the workforce. In fact, the robotics industry notched record sales in the first half of 2014 in North America, and there appears to be no indications of a slowdown.… More

August 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The Bitcoin Novelty – A Revolutionary Idea

The Bitcoin Novelty – A Revolutionary Idea













Kevin Sterne, Contributor
Waking Times

Even though the crypto currency, Bitcoin, isn’t exactly new, it still hasn’t infiltrated the mainstream ethos. But it’s getting there. You may have heard the term outside the fringe Internet message boards, or dark bar alleyways—that seemingly hacker-fancied geekdom thing that probably sprang from … More

August 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Happy Ending? Or Happy Now

Happy Ending? Or Happy Now













Zen Gardener, Guest
Waking Times

No matter where I turn the awakening is screaming out at me. Every event and announcement of intention by the dark side, no matter how destructive and disturbing, is only precipitating more conscious awareness and very present, personal involvement by humanity. It’s a thrilling … More

August 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Could This be the First News Channel Run by Teens?

Could This be the First News Channel Run by Teens?













Heather Callaghan, Contributor
Waking Times

Politics affects everyone, so everyone deserves a voice; especially the youth…

It seems like everywhere I go online, I am met with the diligence of Andrew Demeter. I wrote about his award-winning mini-documentary “We The People, Genetically Modified.” Expertly produced, it encompassed a … More

August 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Create a Self-Sustainable Food System

How to Create a Self-Sustainable Food System













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

Industrial chemical-based agriculture, which produces the vast majority of US food crops, is actually destroying the soil that makes the growing of food possible in the first place.

This is not true in other countries. Worldwide, 70 percent of the food is grown in backyards or … More

August 11, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

Activism Works

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry













, EcoWatch
Waking Times

We’ve got this.

Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL’s northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights … More

August 4, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Seizing Control of Our Destinies

Seizing Control of Our Destinies













Julian Rose, Contributor
Waking Times

In 1381, at a time of great repression for the British agricultural work force, an extraordinary people’s revolutionary named Wat Tyler sprang to his feet and announced, “England should be a nation of self governing communities,” to which he added, “ No lord shall exercise … More

July 28, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Triumph For Citizens in Florida As Hughes Oil Company Drops Fracking Project

Triumph For Citizens in Florida As Hughes Oil Company Drops Fracking Project













Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog
Waking Times

On Friday morning, Dan A. Hughes Oil Company and the Collier Resources Company agreed to terminate their lease agreement, with the exception of the Collier Hogan 20-3H well, next to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.

Hughes Oil dropped its plans to drill … More

July 14, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
A Forgotten Community in New Orleans: Life on a Superfund Site

A Forgotten Community in New Orleans: Life on a Superfund Site













Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog
Waking Times

Shannon Rainey lives in a house that was built on top of a Superfund site in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

“I bought my house when I was 25, and thirty years later, I still can’t get out,” she told DeSmogBlog.

Rainey’s … More

June 23, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Wave of GMO Labeling Victories Emboldens Movement to Take Back Food Democracy

Wave of GMO Labeling Victories Emboldens Movement to Take Back Food Democracy













Michele Simon, EcoWatch
Waking Times

The East Coast has been getting most of the attention lately on the state by state effort to label genetically-engineered food. Vermont recently passed a bill and New York State’s bill is now moving. But let’s not forget about the western states, which are also … More

June 11, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More