I am not one to “prep” for an apocalyptic future, but I do feel the need to be prepared for natural disasters and a very possible economic downturn. Food preservation is at the top of my list when it comes to preparing for the future, no matter what that future might look like. The first thing that comes to my mind when I say “food preservation” is canning and freezing garden produce. What happens, though, if you have no access to seeds to plant in your garden? What if other farmers near you are struggling to feed their own families so they can’t sell their produce at the farmer’s market? This is where the need for a personal seed bank comes in!
3 Ways to Start Your Own Personal Seed Bank
1. Save seeds from your own garden.
You can start saving seeds from your own garden now. This is a great way to save money on next year’s garden and to save for the long-term future. There are some great videos and articles that can walk you through the steps to save seeds from each of your plants.
These articles share great seed saving techniques from specific vegetables and herbs:
2. Save seeds from locally grown fruits & veggies.
If you don’t have your own garden, then you can visit your local farmer’s market. Seeds can be saved from fruits and veggies grown by other farmers just like they would be saved from your own garden. However, you should be sure that you are aware of how the veggies were grown so you are only saving seeds that match your preference.It is important to label your seed packs properly and keep them organized so that you always know what you have on hand. You can use a photo album or this sectioned photo box to keep all of your seeds neatly organized.
3. Purchase a ready-made seed kit.
I recommend saving your own seeds if you can, but if you would like to have a kit ready before your next harvest just in case (like me), then you should consider purchasing a pre-made seed bank. I have the Emergency Heirloom Vegetable Seed Bucket from Heaven’s Harvest.
This bucket has 38 varieties of vegetable seeds…that is enough to plant 10 acres of veggies! You can then save seeds out of these veggies. A never-ending supply of food sounds like great security to me! The seeds are packed in mylar bags. If they are stored properly, then they have a shelf life of ten years. All seeds from Heaven’s Harvest are non-hybrid, open pollenated, and non-GMO. They offer several different sized kits as well as survival food packs and water filtration systems.
It is great to know that I can still provide food for my family regardless of our country’s (and our family’s) economic state.