What's growing on? Saving Seeds
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Everyone talks about local food but what about the seeds that grew it.
But Forage's Melissa DeSa asks a different question.
"Who grew it and where did it come from?"
Forage is one of a handful of organizations working to raise awareness about saving seeds.
"We've lost a lot of varieties of the south," DeSa says. "If you're buying seeds from somewhere else, chances are they won't do as well."
A bigger chance of success with seeds from right here in North Central Florida.
"These are our seeds, they are our seeds we are responsible for. They've grown here for generations and they belong here. If we don't take care of them they can be gone forever."
Food industry, she says, has left us with less and less varieties.
She says the Bradford watermelon almost went extinct. "It was the sweetest watermelon everyone had ever tasted."
However, the variety didn't ship well due to its rhine so people stopped growing it.
"The legacy of the watermelon was in two mason jars in the freezer."
Forage, and others, are working to bring back southern varieties like the Bradford watermelon.
"We're working with individuals and small seed companies and other non profits to help identify seeds, grown them here and save them for future generations to grown."
Forage offers a seed collective.
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