Seed saving is the practice of collecting seeds and storing them to plant later.
In nature, of course, seeds distribute themselves, and new plants grow wherever their seeds happen to land. The purpose of collecting seeds is to carry them further than they would travel on their own, and plant them in carefully-chosen locations.
Seed saving has a long history in agriculture. In the past, farmers saved seeds so they could replant their crops the next year. Buying new seeds each spring was prohibitively expensive.
Today, it is often illegal for farmers to save seeds. This is because the crops they are growing are GMOs – genetically modified organisms. Because these plants are engineered, rather than naturally occurring, they and their genetic information belong to the company that created them. Since seeds contain these patented genes, they too belong to the company. This means that a farmer who saves seeds is engaging in theft of intellectual property.
Since backyard gardens usually don’t contain GMO plants, this generally isn’t a problem for homeowners. Seeds can be saved, planted in new locations around the yard, and shared with friends.
Seed saving is just one way in which natural yards help us become wealthy. Unlike cars, computers, houses, and other things of value, plants quietly make more of themselves. We can harvest this abundance and use it to provide for ourselves and our neighbors.