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Source: green-shopping.co.uk
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co

Summary

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically. Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini. In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:

  • The reproductive biology of crop plants
  • Annual vs. biennial seed crops
  • Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity
  • Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity
  • Seed crop climates
  • Seed-borne diseases
  • Seed-cleaning basics
  • Seed storage for farmers
  • . . . and more . . .


  • Where to get it?

    Chelsea Green Publishing
    Amazon US
    Amazon CA
    Amazon UK
    Amazon AU

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    I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.

    This book is for the farmer that is serious about saving seeds. It could be simply saving high quality seeds for their own use, or as a seller of seeds, either way, this book is a must have.

    This is not the book, however, for the casual seed saving gardener type. Nor it is really suitable for beginners.

    Organic growers have a big problem acquiring high quality seeds that grow well in organic conditions. Navazio aims to solve that problem in his book The Organic Seed Grower, by providing in depth instruction on how to grow seed crops that will do well in an organic setting.

    At first, I wondered what is the problem with organic seed, and how can it be so bad that the solution could fill this hefty tome? According to Navazio there are several problems, the two biggest ones being that seed crops are often not grown in organic conditions, and that many seed growers allow for too much genetic drift.

    Navazio addresses the first problem, talking about the difference in selection and genetic diversity between high input agriculture (ie, lots of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, &c) and seeds raised using organic agricultural methods. This book looks these problems squarely in the face and offers possible solutions (and the knowledge needed to carry them out).

    The other problem is genetic drift. Over several generations of seed savings, lots of things can go wrong. The environment or person may select out the necessary genetic diversity for the crop to thrive. Sometimes there is genetic contamination, maybe from a wild relative or from not observing isolation distance. This book teaches us about foundation seed, how to observe and maintain the desired traits for a specific cultivar. This includes updated isolation distances for organic growing conditions. Because of the increased number of pollinators in a system that doesn't use pesticides, the isolation distances in organic growing is considerably different than most 'normal' seed saving books suggest.

    The book also walks us through some of the more common vegetable families, providing all the necessary information for saving organic seeds on a large scale.

    A useful book for crops where I wish to save seeds and maintain cultivar purity, especially for selling seeds. Not the book for beginners or those who like to be a bit more creative with their seed saving ventures.


     
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    I give this book 8 out of 10 acorns

    The book is one of the seed saving guides that those interested in this specific practice have to keep in their homes, be them market farms, seed selling farms, homesteads, or even family gardens. It's not about the extension of our land, it's about the seriousness we are as organic growers for selecting and maintaining the quality of our veggies, and the independence of our farms in the reproduction of seeds.
    The book is a view on seed saving for organic growers but can be read, and can teach a lot, even to those that are starting to get close to seed saving and still have to get to the core of the problem.

    John Navazio has done a good work dividing the book in three sections. One is an interesting, brief, general historical starters walkthrough to seed selection and saving. Then we have the practical section with the vegetable families and here we start seeing the quality of the book. And at the end the section on specific problems seed saving presents. The author had a very clear view in his mind that the editor has well understood: give to the reader clear, direct information with a box section for single vegetables that are grouped by families. The reader gets a double possibility quick reference box info and into depth text, so you can use the book in different ways.

    It is true the book is not for starters, but can be read with ease, because it’s not so much about theory at a certain level, but practice, trials and errors on the field. So we may be newbies or elders in seed saving, this book will follow us in our growing experience.

    I don't think any of us has only one of these books in our homes, but actually these sort of books are field manuals, reference guides. I have two and probably they will become a big section in my library, but for sure Navazio’s book is one that has its space.
     
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    Source: green-shopping.co.uk
    Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co

    Summary

    The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically. Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini. In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:

  • The reproductive biology of crop plants
  • Annual vs. biennial seed crops
  • Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity
  • Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity
  •  Seed crop climates
  • Seed-borne diseases
  • Seed-cleaning basics
  • Seed storage for farmers
  • . . . and more . . .


  • Where to get it?

    Chelsea Green Publishing
    Amazon US
    Amazon CA
    Amazon UK
    Amazon AU

    Related Video



    Related Forums

    Permies Organic Forum
    Seeds and breeding forum

    Related Articles

    Why Organic Seed?
    Pollination and Fertilization in Organic Seed Production
    "Seed Smarts: on ‘hybriditis’ and open-pollinated seed" with Dr. John Navazio
    "How to grow carrots" with Dr. John Navazio

    Related Websites

    Organic Seed Alliance



    This book looks great, and thanks for the review.
     
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