Medicinal Seed Saving
|Seed Security Project|
With the increase in popularity of herbalism and natural healing, Mother Earth faces a new challenge….the over harvesting and extinction of our native medicinal plants. Additionally, we are still trying to determine the impact of destructive environmental practices- that occurred both historically and are currently occurring; development of rural land; clear cutting of our forests; mountain top mining; improper corporate practices that affect our land (from both agricultural and non-agricultural sources), the affects of genetically modified seeds; pollution; and climate change. The list could go on, but this gives you an idea of the current issues our plants, and our planet, face.
Herbalists Without Borders is passionate about saving and sustaining our native medicinals and wants to teach others how to preserve seeds and propagate medicinal plants. There are a number of organizations that focus on saving seeds for food production, but seed saving for medicinal plants is not common. While we believe that food is a primary source of medicine, HWB also wants to promote Seed Saving models that include medicinal plants.
Our goal is to create models and best practices to share with others around the globe. Watch our website as our library of documents about saving seeds and propagating medicinal plants grows. Additionally, please enjoy our articles about individuals and communities who save seeds and want to teach others about this important practice.
Update October 2021
Angelica and Elderberry are in flower and their fruits will be ready to share soon!
Withania fruits – the first harvest have dried and await dissection, while others still cling on in their dried nets.
Seed packs should be ready December-Jan.
If you have seeds to share reach out via the website or facebook group to meet with other medicinal seed savers.