This is basically an inventory tool made from a collaboration between web developers, Trae (Forms and Templates), Colin (Labels), and James (Backend), in Birmingham, AL and Charlotte (Seed saving) and Dove (Documentation) in Sand Mountain, AL for the Sand Mountain Seed Bank. In creating this tool we found that it could be used for other seed banks, growers and seed librarians as well, so we've been sharing it with people in this climate region. We haven't established a business model yet because its pretty manageable and doesn't cost much, so we're attempting to make it such that those of us who use the site can cooperate to manage it ourselves. If enough seed banks sign on we may propose setting up a 501c3 coop so that those who use it will always maintain control of it. All inventories can be downloaded at anytime as a CSV file, in the event that a seed bank prefers to switch to a different system. The website is currently hosted in Orlando, FL. You can leave a message on anyone's talk page with any questions or contact User:Admin
Save the Seed Network's current mission as seed savers, farmers, librarians and volunteers is to use this semantic wiki to cooperatively assist each other in the documentation, education, preservation and adaptation of plant varieties subsistent to humanity, particularly those that are native, naturalized or heirlooms of the Southeastern Humid Subtropical climate.
Spearheaded by efforts of the Sand Mountain Seed Bank of Alabama, Save the Seed Network can help farmers and students preserve native, naturalized and adapted crops of humid subtropical North America, including many plants historically from the Southern United States and Southeastern Native American nations but also globally rare or endangered varieties of Cfa Trewartha classified zones; we can then store the seeds at 4°C and select from decadal plant growouts in climate zones 7, 8 and 9, thereby adapting them to local climates and soils.
Through the postal service, this wiki, school gardens, and family farms, libraries and our freezers; we can cooperatively track strains and exchange stories, knowledge and cultivars of both food and utility crops to preserve, spread and reconnect living heritage.
This website is designed to help with any number of the following:
- Growers, to start seed banks for long term storage, and thus become seed exchangers
- Seed Exchangers, to build relationships with trusted growers that can become evaluators of true to type plant cultivars.
- Librarians, to create Public Seed Libraries for growers to access these seeds from seed banks
- Growers, to check seeds out from the library or other exchangers, document the growout and then donate harvested seeds to the seed banks.
- Seed Exchangers, to send returned seeds to experienced growers to be evaluated in quarantine.
- Evaluators, to evaluate true to type germination of returned seeds
- Seed Exchangers, to document test positive germination of donated varieties, catalog them in the seed bank, and send them back out to Libraries and growers
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