Seed Resources

On this page you will find a list of resources, books, articles, links, and multimedia materials, which were compiled from the tremendous efforts of individuals and organizations committed to sharing seeds and pollinating our knowledge building with insightful how to's - instigating a people based seed and food sovereignty.

Please feel free to broadcast this.....also, if you would like to contribute materials that you know about, please contact us and send us links to these. Then we can add your contribution to this growing list.

Online Pdf's

  Books and Articles

  • Back Garden Seedsaving, by Sue Strickland
  • Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties,  Deppe, Carol, , Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993.
  • Cultural Memory and Biodiversity, Nazareas Virginia, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1998.
  • Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation Nabhan, Gary Paul: North Point Press, San Francisco, 1989
  • Gardening for the Future of the Earth, by Howard-Yana Shapiro and John Harisson, Bantam Books, 2000.
  • Growing Diversity : Genetic Resources and Local Food Security, David Cooper, Renee Vellve , Henk Hobbelink (Editors): Practical Action, 1992
  • Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History, Weaver, William Woys: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc., 1999
  • Seeds of Change: The living treasure, Ausubel, Kenny: HarperOne, 1994
  • Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-By-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs, by Carole B. Turner, Storey Books 1998
  • Seed to Seed, Suzanne Ashworth, Seed Saver Publications 1991
  • Shattering : Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, by Cary Fowler, Pat Mooney, University of Arizona Press, 1990.
  • Starting from Seed: The Natural Gardener's Guide to Propagating Plants, Cutler, Karan Davis :, Handbook #157, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1998
  • The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs, byCheryl Moore-Gough  and  : Storey Publishing, 2011
  • The last harvest: The genetic gamble that threatens to destroy American Agriculture, Raeburn, Paul: Simon & Schuster, 1995
  • The New Seed-Starters Handbook, Nancy Bubel (1988): Rodale Press, 1988
  • The Seed Keepers, Vandana Shiva, Navdanya, New Delhi, 1995
  • The Seed Savers Handbook, Jeremy Cherfas, (Grover Books, 1996)
  •  The Seed Underground: a growing revolution to save food, Ray Janisse, White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub., 2012. Print. 
  • Vegetables and Fruits: A Guide to Heirloom Varieties and Community-Based Stewardship, Volume 1-2, DeMuth, Suzanne, Annotated Bibliography, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1998.
  • Yesterday's Ways, Tomorrow's Treasures: A Guide to Memory Banking, Nazarea, Virginia, Eleanor Tison, Maricel Piniero, and Robert Rhoades,: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, 1997.

  Seed School 2011 Bibliography shared by Devon Grissim

  •  “Bioversity undertakes, encourages and supports research aimed at enhancing the sustainable use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity to the world's most vulnerable communities…”
  •  From Richmond, CA this site helps educate folks on starting a seed lending library and also provides seeds, education and information about saving seeds.
  •  The USDA plants database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
  •  The website for one of the first school-based gardens in the US.
  •  Founded in the 16th & 17th centuries along the Thames in England, Kew Gardens has been a leader in plant & seed science and in conserving the Earth’s biodiversity. Their mission statement is simple: To inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life.
  •  “An internet resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples, providing historical & contemporary background with instructional how-to's & references.”
  •  “Four Season Farm is an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine, owned and operated by writers Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman. The farm produces vegetables year-round and has become a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture.” Find links to books by these authors at their website.
  •  Website of the Organic Seed Alliance in Port Townsend, Washington. Find info about organic farming and gardening as well as seed-saving.
  •  Website of the Association of Official  Seed Analysts, Inc. which establishes rules for seed testing & influences seed legislation at the state and federal levels in the USA.
  •  The website of Michael Martin & Kari Melendrez, leaders in growing regionally-adapted trees of the Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwest USA. While a student in 1974, Michael began developing a protocol for healthy soil that is now called Soil Secrets.
  •  A website that “has become one of the most respected resources for online videos, podcasts, blogs, and reports for accurate and up to date information on GMOs.”
  • Cummings, Claire Hope (2008). Uncertain peril: Genetic engineering and the future of seeds. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Deppe, Carol (2000). Breed your own vegetable varieties: The gardener's & farmer's guide to plant breeding & seed saving. White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
  • Deppe, Carol (2010). The resilient gardener:  Food production and self-relience in uncertain times. White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
  • Epel, Thomas J. (2004). Botany in a day:  The Patterns Method of plant identification. Pony, MT:  Hops Press, LLC.
  • Federoff, Nina V. & Nancy Marie Brown (2006). Mendel in the kitchen:  A scientist’s view of genetically modified food. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press.
  • Hemenway, Tony (2009). Gaia’s garden:  a guide to home-scale permaculture.  White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
  • Jeavons, John (2006). How to grow more vegetables and fruits (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine.  Berkeley, CA:  Ten Speed Press.
  • Kimbrell, Andrew & Nell Newman (2007). Your right to know: Genetic engineering and the secret changes in your food. San Rafael, CA:  Earth Aware Editions.
  • Nabhan, Gary (2011). Where our food comes from: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's quest to end famine. Washington, DC:  Island Press.
  • Robinson, Kim Stanley (1997). Future primitive: The new ecotopias. NY:  Tom Dougherty Associates, Inc.
  • United States Dept of agriculture (1961).  Seeds:  The yearbook of agriculture 1961.
  • Walljasper, J. (2010).  All that we share: How to save the economy, the environment, the internet, democracy, our communities, and everything else that belongs to all of us. NY, NY:  The New Press.
  • Wulf, Andrea (2008). Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. London:  Random House Group, Ltd.


  1. These are invaluable resources for beginner and experienced agriculturalists alike, thanks for compiling it.

  2. Thanks for the resource list! I didn't see ABC Seed Library in Albuquerque, NM: