THE RARE VEGETABLE
The Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium’s chief aim is to establish collections of lesser known and sometimes exceedingly rare food plants. Presently there are approximately 14,000 species and varieties in the Consortium’s holdings, and that number is continually expanding. Thank you to our founders: the Late Robert Lobitz, The Late Blane Bourgeois, Anpetu Ohankesni and “The Botanical Explorer” Joseph Simcox.
Survival of biodiversity depends on active growing and seed saving. As Joseph often remarks, “The best seed bank is the soil in your back yard!” This is to point out that while formal seed banks do have an important role in safeguarding biodiversity, the most reliable way of ensuring seed viability is to plant year after year. The Consortium works to actively promote season-to-season cultivation, seed saving and sharing of its holdings of rare, non-GMO, heirloom genetic material.
We are delighted to formally kick-off online seed acquisitions. Some of the varieties offered are extremely rare, therefore, we kindly urge individuals to acquire the material only if you seriously intend to grow them out, save, and share the seeds. Thereby ensuring rare variety survival for all of us.
Visit our website at growrareseeds.com