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Since agriculture began, the practice of seed saving has helped to grow strong plants, support biodiversity and preserve rare varieties. This comprehensive book from the Seed Savers Exchange and the Organic Seed Alliance, with contributions from authors Micaela Colley and Jared Zystro, provides detailed instruction for collecting seed that is true to type and ready for sowing the following year.

The first section introduces the fundamentals of seed saving, providing seven chapters of simple lessons and master classes on subjects including the botany of seed saving, pollination, variety maintenance, cultivation, seed cleaning and storage. The second section provides in-depth profiles of more than 75 vegetable and herb crops, detailing the different types, the history, growing for seed, flowering pollination and seed set, variety maintenance, maturity and harvest.

Supplemented with lush color photos and instructional diagrams, this book is an excellent guide for anyone interested in seed saving, whether for home use or to conserve rare varieties of herbs and vegetables. Suitable for all experience levels. Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 390 pages, 2015.

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