Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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If youre a gardener interested in protecting seed resources, the nonprofit Seedshed could use your help.Click To Enlarge

If you're a gardener interested in protecting seed resources, the nonprofit Seedshed could use your help.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

I've been a fan of Hudson Valley Seed Library since I first learned about the company in 2011. I've been a member of the seed saving program and felt fortunate to be able to return seeds to the library to share with others.

Now, after 12 years, the company has changed its name to Hudson Valley Seed Company. Along with the name change is a new logo and new ideas. One of those ideas is starting its own nonprofit corporation called Seedshed: The Center for Seed Stewardship.

The goal of Seedshed is to "strengthen agricultural, cultural and biological diversity. Our holistic seed literacy programs protect local cultivars and are a catalyst for growing social, food, and seed justice solutions," according to the nonprofit's website.

Seedshed will address concerns about seed resources because of corporate consolidations that may have a negative impact on the seeds available to farmers, vegetable gardeners and others who want to have access to the seeds we want to grow.

Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Company is the leader of Seedshed. When gardeners purchase Hudson Valley's seeds, they're helping support some of the current projects. 

These projects include Kitchen Cultivars to protect and promote regionally adapted varieties; a Seed Savers Challenge to plant, grow, collect, and share seeds; the Native American Seed Sanctuary to grow out crops of sacred seeds; and cultivating local seed-saving networks in the northeast.

Anyone with an interest in saving and protecting seeds can be part of the Center for Seed Stewardship. To learn more, or to sign up for the newsletter, visit the Seedshed website.


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