The Seed Savers’ handbook – Michel & Jude Fanton
The Seed Savers’ Handbook is a complete reference for growing, preparing and conserving 117 traditional varieties of food plants.
The Seed Savers’ Handbook was written in 1993 by Michel and Jude Fanton, founders of The Seed Savers’ Network, especially for Australian and New Zealand cultures. It is however applicable to all situations.
The Seed Savers’ Handbook has 180 pages with stunning original illustrations.
The Seed Savers’ handbook begins with eight chapters on the issues around seeds globally and the practicalities of saving your own seeds. Three quarters of the book gives practical seed saving information on 117 food plants, mostly vegetables, with the remainder culinary flowers, herbs and spices. Each plant has a description, its wild origins, how to cultivate it, save its seeds or otherwise propagate it, storage of the seed and its medicinal and culinary uses.
Permaculture, biodiversity, organics and companion planting are the principles that underlie the contents of this book.
Michel and Jude Fanton wrote The Seed Savers’ Handbook from experience and with a great deal of research. It has been a reliable reference book not just on propagating and breeding your own vegetables, but also for how to grow and use both common (corn, tomatoes, beans, cabbages, etc.,) and unusual vegetables, such as tumeric, peanuts and several species of gourds. Included are many Asian and South American vegetables, herbs and spices.
At early 2014, 36,000 copies of the original edition have been sold with another 30,000 copies of translations and adaptations sold around the world.
The Seed Savers’ Network was created 30 years ago with Bill Mollison (born 4/5/1928-died 24/9/2016) founder of Permaculture.