Survival Seeds Complement Food Supply
Natural disasters have varying lengths, and in worse-case scenarios, it is possible to deplete your rations. In this situation, you must find a way to generate more food, and survival seeds are one solution to the problem of food scarcity.
Survival seeds are not a new idea. In fact, many countries and municipalities keep seed vaults in order to re-establish crops and other vegetation in the event of a disaster. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the primary bank, and it recently had a withdrawal from Aleppo, Syria when the seeds in their bank were lost to war. You may be thinking you don’t need to keep your own seeds if there are vaults all over, but there are really only a little over 1,000 known seed vaults, and Svalbard is at risk of ruin due to climate change.
So, you cannot count on seeds being available in the event of a natural disaster. Storing your own ensures that you have a sustainable backup plan once your food rations are no longer available. If it is possible (depending on the disaster), you may be able to grow crops alongside your rations. This would allow for a fresh component to every meal, and it would extend the life of your food supply.
- Open-pollinated seeds: Many seeds are genetically-modified or hybrid versions, which go to seed, but the seeds are infertile. Buying open-pollinated seeds ensures that you can continue to have more seeds with each harvest.
- Remove husks/pods: If you are saving your own seeds, they must be free of pods or husks. Just the seeds will be stored in case of a disaster.
- Dry: Harvesting your own seeds also means making sure they are dry. This can take over a week to make sure there is no moisture within the seed, which could cause it to mold.
- Consider fermenting: If you want to extend the life of some seeds (pulpy fruits or veggies like tomatoes), fermenting is required to remove the pulp and clean the seeds for storage.
- Moisture-proof containers: Preserving seeds is all about keeping moisture out, so make sure they are in an air-tight container.
- Dark, dry, cool: These are the three things that make an optimal condition for seed storage.
- Replenish: Even if you do everything right, seeds will not last forever. They should be periodically planted and new seeds prepped to ensure that they will germinate when they are needed.
Seeds complement food supply packs well because they give you options once food runs out, and they make nice additions when they can be grown while food supplies are being consumed. They don’t take up much space, and it’s very inexpensive to get a seed supply ready if you are already a gardener and ready to do some prepping.
- Tim Anderberg