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Seed saving does take effort and time, but it is so worthwhile for maintaining diversity and plants adapted to one's unique area. It only takes one generation for seeds to be imbedded with ecological and cultural knowledge. This is more important now than ever before. As climate change creates unpredictable weather, our forests, wildflowers, wildlands, home gardens and farms become more vulnerable. Saving regionally adapted seeds is crucial.
We are blessed in that we can split our time between two beautiful places, each area offering a unique environment.
Part of the year we are in Western Colorado collecting wild seeds at elevations between 4,500 - 12,000. Our Colorado Camp is located in the Cimarron Mountains at 9500 elevation. Our HQ office, seed gardens and storage area is in Palisade Colorado at 4700 elevation. We collect wild seeds to create and maintain healthy ecosystems.
The other part of the year we are establishing a seed garden located on Haena Street in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii at a 1000 foot elevation. Loosely translated Haena means red hot, Waikoloa can mean very strong wind. This climate is harsh, arid and semi-arid, stark scrubland with mostly bushes and grasses. Growing can here can be a challenge. We are focusing on adapting food seeds to this environment.
We host local seed, plant and start swaps several times a year. Local knowledge is shared along with all the goodies. Establishing a local seed library is on our to do list.
We are so excited to offer our new seed mixes along with our usual favorites! Stay tuned as we will have them available beginning January 2023.