FAQ – Kaw Valley Seeds Project

What is the Seeds Project about?

A Local Living Seed Reserve provides ways to store seeds that are grown and saved locally. By placing our community food seeds in a reserve, we protect and keep alive our vegetable and fruit varieties that are especially adapted and suited to our unique climate and soils.

Primary Seed is defined as the part of a plant from which a new plant can be grown. This can be generative, such as grain, or vegetative, such as a tuber, stem or bulb. When grown, it produces plants like itself. Primary seeds are also called open-pollinated, standard, or non-hybrid. These may be also heirloom or heritage. They are not hybrids or genetically modified.

Seed Quality means seed consistency, varietal purity, organic and clean seed, with high germination capacity and freedom from disease.

How Do Our Seeds Enter the Kaw Valley Seeds Project?

  • Anyone may entrust seeds into the Reserve that meet our specifications.
  • No hybrid or genetically modified seeds are accepted.
  • We request that seeds be grown with organic methods and practices.
  • A short cultural and social history should be included.

How Do Our Seeds Go Back Into Our Kaw Valley Local Community?seed-saving

  • Seeds are offered at seed exchanges and by request.
  • The seed amounts offered are determined by the total amount and quality of our seed in the Project’s Reserve.
  • Project members always receive priority access to seeds.
  • Seeds grown from Project’s Reserve seeds are labeled “Kaw Valley Reserve Seeds” and are so offered.
  • Seed contributions from outside sources are labeled and offered as “Kaw Valley Trial Seeds.”

Contact: Dan Bentley at 785-842-4418

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