So I wanted to begin a new thread on the topic of free vegetable seeds so that it didn't interfere with a separate topic.
Free seeds to cultivate as you will. I first heard about this on a local news station not long ago, and began hearing more and more about it through
various other outlets. I was baffled because why would farmers, a notoriously government-taken-advantage-of group, offer something such as this? All
it would mean for them in the long-run is less profit, right? And with seeds in general coming with a pricetag, why would this hand-out be happening?
Apparently it took off years ago and some people are really taking advantage of it. It's part of an umbrella project originally provided by
non-profit orgs. and the gov't (now including some farmer's associations) - with the premise of keeping everyone in America from going hungry. There
is no need for proof of hardship, unemployment records, or any such documentation. Not even an annoying e-mail distribution list. You mail them an
address, they mail you seeds (or you head to a distribution center where you pick them up), it's as simple as that.
I believe following these social programs, certain farmers/groups realized some potential advantages of getting their produce out there for "free".
Just like samples in a food court, they'll let you try them (or try your hand at growing them at least), and when you realize the quality of their
food perhaps you'll take the easy route and buy directly from them. It also helps get their name out there and market them. I think that's probably
what is driving a lot of it today.
Anyway, with the price of fresh produce these days this can be a really great opportunity. You really can't get anything better than a fresh
home-grown vegetable out of the ground, both for taste and satisfaction for your accomplishment. Plus if you're like me, you absolutely love anything
outdoors, even if it means gardening or just spending time in your yard.
Unfortunately in doing some more current research, I'm seeing many of the various organizations that were flourishing not long ago now have "waiting
lists" - some of which span up to a year! Some have back-logs of promised seeds to 50,000+ families. It appears that just like any other untapped
market, someone gets wind of it and it goes huge. But a lot of these organizations are great and offer not only vegetable seeds, but standard
plant/tree seeds, flower seeds, etc. Some even use "waste seeds" that were just going to be thrown away anyway.
For the survivalist...you can't get much better than this!
Here are some internet sources for free vegetable seeds:
There are plenty more out there, you just have to search for them.
EDIT: Please note I have not tried these programs or gotten seeds, but I did hear about it - and for some reason continue to hear about it. So I
wanted to put it out there for anyone who really needs it, or at least wants to try it out, and see what everything thought?
edit on 2-9-2011
by Ajax because: (no reason given)