I’ll save the lengthy consideration about what my next step is for my mom and instead share a little bit about how to save seeds!
The easiest seed-saving project is beans. To start, plant your beans. Once the plants begin producing beans, you simply leave them on the plant. Don’t harvest them. Leave them be until the pods turn brown. Once the plants have died back and the pods are brown, harvest the pods, and remove seeds from pods. Keep seeds dry, label with the year and variety, and plant in the following year.
The seeds will quite possibly be used by the students pictured above. Each year the Spencer Center hosts a group of first year students with a passion for service-learning and community building. These students begin the year with a volunteer day as they get to know each other, they get to see and help out a variety of community organizations. This year the projects they helped out with were Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta, Project GROWS, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Staunton Augusta Art Center, Valley Mission, ARC of Augusta, and the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.
I was lucky to spend the day with one group at the AMI Urban Farm, where we weeded six beds to help prepare for the next succession of lettuce mix. The greens grown will go to the VSDB Cafeteria.
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