CLAY -Seed Bank
What is a Seed Bank?
What if we told that seeds could be more valuable than money? Worth more than the currency in our bank account, the coins in that jar on the shelf. We’d think we might be going crazy right? Well a seed bank might save us some money going forwards after we have started it but a seed bank is so much more than just finances.
A seed bank is an insurance policy. It is a way to store native and heirloom seeds for fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs and to preserve them to use in later years to grow in case of extinction, climate changes, war or catastrophic events occur which destroy our regular supply of seeds. Without seeds (or pollinating insects like bees) we wouldn’t have food, our survival depends on nature and working with it, not by controlling it.
It is so important now to save as many plant species as we can from going extinct and we are losing more and more plant species globally due to pests, disease, pollution, climate change and human activities. Even the varieties of produce we eat has declined massively. According to the movie Seed: the Untold Story, cabbage for example once had 544 varieties available but very few now remain available. Do you wonder what those lost varieties of cabbage may have looked like or tasted like? Maybe they were excellent keepers which could withstand prolonged frosts in the that climates or maybe they didn’t get bitter and run to seed in other climates. Unfortunately, we will never know.

How to associate with our seed bank?
As a gardener or a homesteader, it is important for you to save seeds from edible plants which grow well in your garden or courtyard so you can be the guardian or custodian of those strains for the future. It’s also wonderful to share the story of heirloom seeds your family has over generations.
There are more than 1,000 seed banks are in existence around the world. This seed vault has been built to handle doomsday and is where humankind will turn to if the environment is destroyed. Most seed banks around the world send out a proportion of its most valuable seeds to a second seed bank, just in case something unexpected should happen to the original seed.
Seeds in many global seed bank may have been found in ancient tombs, caves of early dwellers or from far reaching explorers who gathered samples on an expedition deep into the jungle. Their longevity or ability to germinate in long-term storage is unknown.

Some banks store seeds only related to agricultural crops and act as an insurance policy against any genetic loss in food varieties available to grow. Other seed banks hold seeds from rare species from around the world and other seed banks may store seeds for purposes like restocking populations, providing humanitarian aid or plant breeding research projects.

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