The Three Sisters of Food Resilience and Proper Seed Saving, Part 1

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Instructor: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Guest: Carol Deppe

Being a Resilient Gardener will lead to food resilience — being able to produce the staples needed to sustain you and your household if and when the time arises.  At the core of producing sufficient calories and protein from your own garden are the “Three-Sisters” of the Native Americans: Corn, Beans and Squash.

An essential part of being able to grow these staples over the long-haul is properly saving your own seeds.  It’s not hard, but there is much more to it than just gathering up any ol’ seeds from your garden.  In this three-part series, Carol teaches how to maintain genetic purity of your seeds; how to properly select, harvest, dry and store your seeds for self-reliant living.

Seeds grown at home that have been properly maintained are more vigorous and store longer than those from the common seed packet.  In addition, you can grow varieties that aren’t available commercially, the price is right, and the supply is indefinite!

Instructor: Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has professionally taught thousands of classes all across the United States for 40 years. For a number of years prior to this career, his hobby was teaching cold weather safety & survival.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliance living and family preparedness. He developed an entire preparedness curriculum by asking himself the question “What if?” and then setting out to discover what actually does and does not work.

The answers he seeks (and then teaches) must be based on true principles derived from first hand experience. Above all else, he believes that attitude and practical knowledge is more critical to survival than having a bunch of “stuff.”

Guest: Carol Deppe

Carol Deppe is the embodiment of The Resilient Gardener. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979.  She is a freelance plant breeder specializing in developing public-domain crops for Oregon growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival.

Her writing includes The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu, and The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity.


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The Three Sisters of Food Resilience and Proper Seed Saving, Part 1

Originally broadcast January 31, 2012

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