The Preservation of Biological Diversity Through:
In Situ Preservation of Botanical Diversity - Protecting Ecosystem Processes Here at Las Sombras Biological Preserve
Ex Situ Preservation of Botanical Diversity - Cultivation, Propagation, Dissemination, and Naturalization of At-Risk Plants
To Provide Public Access to Plant Genetic Resources Through the Seed Bank, Thereby Promoting Decentralized Preservation of Plant Diversity
Conservation of Rare Crop Germplasm - Ex Situ Reproduction and Dissemination of At-Risk Crop Genetic Diversity
To Conduct Primary Research into Effective Means of Long-Term Storage of Seeds and to Share Our Findings With Other Seed Banks
To Conduct Primary Research into Effective Means of Overcoming Dormancy of Seeds and to Share our Findings With Other Seed Banks, Propagators, and the Public, in Order to Promote Propagation of At-Risk Plants
To Conduct Non-Invasive Long-Term Ecological Research at Las Sombras Biological Preserve
To Educate the Public on the Many Facets of Biological Diversity, the Importance of Biodiversity Conservation, and To Educate the Public Concerning Threats to Biodiversity
To Educate the Public About Modern Ecological Theory and the Interconnectedness of All Life
To Educate the Public About Modern Evolutionary Theory and the Common Ancestry of All Living Beings
To Educate the Public About the Evolutionary Common Ancestry of All Peoples and Promote an Ethic of Unity Out of Diversity
To Educate the Public About the Privatization of Biological Resources and to Promote Strategies to Maintain the Biological Commons
To Educate the Public About the Importance of Vanishing Ethnobotanical Knowledge and to Promote Public Access to Recorded Ethnobotanical Traditions
To Promote an Ethic of Respect for the Diverse Organisms Around Us
To Promote an Ethic of Responsible Care for Wildlands, and to Oppose Industrial Models of Ecosystem and Wildland Management
To Promote an Ethic of Respect for Rural and Indigenous Peoples
To Promote and Coordinate Decentralized Preservation Strategies
To Promote the Continued Teaching of Evolution and Science in Schools
To Promote Organic, Regenerative, and Sustainable Agriculture, and Actively Oppose the Industrialization of Organic Agriculture
To Promote Sustainable Rural Lifestyles That Enhance Local Ecosystem Processes Rather Than Diminish Them
To Promote Healthy, Sustainable Rural Economies, Enhance the Economic Well-Being of Rural Peoples, and Support Jeffersonian Land-Tenure as the Path to Humanity's Food Security
To Promote the Independence of Rural Peoples That They May Obtain Adequate Livelihood Without Compromising the Future Productivity of Their Lands
To Practice Organic, Non-Toxic, Regenerative Production Methods
To Practice Low-Energy, Minimum-Impact Methods in All Activities
To Practice and Promote Environmentally-Sound Building Techniques
To Practice Sound Ecosystem Management to Increase Biological Diversity
To Actively Oppose the Mismanagement of Public and Private Wildlands
To Actively Oppose Industrial Attempts to Redefine and Co-opt Organic Agriculture
To Actively Oppose Industrial Attempts to Redefine and Co-opt Environmentalism
To Actively Oppose the Theft of the Biological Commons by Governments and Corporations
To Actively Oppose the Politicization of Environmentalism - All People Need a Healthy World
Hudson identifies itself as a "public access seed bank...established in 1911..." Their catalog, which includes all kinds of seeds (not just vegetables) is about 85 pages of seeds (15 pages of veggie seeds) with (roughly) an average of 20 varieties per page - 26 varieties of tomato, 32 varieties of pepper, 24 varieties of squash, and many others - all "open pollinated, non F-1 hybrid, non-patented" vegetable seeds, "...many of which have been continuously grown for a century or more..."
One of my favorite non-seed-related things about this company is that they pack their seeds in simple paper envelopes - no plastic, nothing shiny. Of course, this means you have to take care to keep them dry, but you are perfectly capable of that...right? Seeds can be had in packets (usually $2.50 per packet), ounces, or quarter pounds. Ordering is available online and by mail. Online ordering is a bit more complicated than the usual point-and-click of most seed suppliers, but not beyond the capabilities of the average 12-year-old. My orders have usually arrived in a week or so, though the later you order, the longer it is likely to take. I actually count this as a positive thing, as it means (to me) that they are spending their money on seed production not marketing. Postage & handling is (not free but) reasonable - $2.75 for up to 40 seed packets, to $5.00 for 150 packets or more.
Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should.
While the catalog isnt shiny and glam, and the best results from searching the site come from proper latin genus and species name, for a botany geek, the catalog is an excellent read.
Lots of bits about the plants, germination tips, history, and a great collection of things that you can't find elsewhere.
As well the larger amount of seed you get for the price makes it a great deal, and i have always had excellent germination rates on everything purchased there.
Additionally, if you collect seeds and are good at identifying species of what you forage for, you can trade your gathered seeds for a credit. So extra note to anyone who has seed saving skills, you might be able to trade with them, or sell them seeds.
I think they have tremendous value. They don't have everything I might hope for, but who could? Seed seems to be good, but I probably screw things up too. Last year, we had an exceptionally late, heavy snowfall, which really put a damper on growing. I know the deer liked eating the sunflowers (arrrrgh).
I've been buying from them for years. Hands down the best! Great group of folks there as well. My only gripe is that they haven't made a t-shirt with their logo available. Would that be great on a t-shirt or what?
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