Tomato and cucumber seed saving workshop

  • August 24, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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Saving seeds is something our ancestors did as a matter of course. Some of our ancestors brought seeds over on the boat from the "mother country" and this genetic diversity is still enriching heirloom catalogs. We must not let the knowledge of seed saving tehniques die! Large corporations like Burpee and Monsanto engineer their seeds to be "dead end" so that any seeds in your fruits and vegetables will produce no plants. Yuck! And Oh No! Let's save our seeds. Bring a delicious heirloom tomato or (overripe) cucumber and we will save and store the seeds for next season.

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  • Mark Z.

    Awww this would be perfect for our lil workshop we have planned at Bristol Community College! Amber, did you lead this workshop? Would you like to have another seed saving workshop hosted by us?

    September 14, 2012

  • Susan D.

    Wish I were there. You did remind me that I had some cuke seeds fermenting....now....where did I put them? Ode to the Crone. ;-)

    August 24, 2012

  • Amber C

    I see there are 21 people signed up for this meetup- how many are still planning on coming? I'd like to get an idea.

    August 23, 2012

    • Amber C

      Great, do you know what time you might come?

      August 23, 2012

    • Bill

      The time says 4 so it will be close to then i have a cople things going on this afternoon that would stop me from getting there any earlier. Will that still be ok? Also if there will be other gardiners there i may have a few questions as this was really my first year doing the whole gardening thing but i loved it.

      August 24, 2012

  • Bill

    Ok Thank You looking forward to learning how to do this and meeting some new people! Can over ripe be real over ripe? lol

    August 20, 2012

    • Amber C

      If you can't carry it without squishing it, just put it in a nonreactive container (glass or plastic) without a top.

      August 23, 2012

  • Amber C

    The tomato should be fully ripe, maybe even a bit overripe.

    August 20, 2012

  • Bill

    Hi,
    New to the group how ripe would the tomatos have to be? I have some heirloom black kirims i would like to take the seeds from

    August 20, 2012

  • Amber C

    I am not kidding about the overripe cucumber. The best thing to do is to leave a cucumber on the vine of a plant that has produced nice fruit until it is fat and begins to discolor. if it gets squishy before the workshop, jst put it in a bucket. The seeds must ferment to be viable anyway. Fun and not for the faint of heart.

    June 23, 2012

  • Amber C

    If you would like to join us early in the day, we will be doing plant identification learning then some practical application of such (weeding) in the morning, then swimming and relaxing in the afternoon before the workshop. Then, for those who are so inclined, we will share a potluck dinner.

    June 23, 2012

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