Isolation & Seed Saving
Jeff McCormack, founder of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and, more recently, Garden Medicinals and Culinaries had prepared four booklets for the USDA's SARE program. They're now available commercially, and are real winners.
Two of them are of particular interest to heirloom growers, and I figured to pass the word along:
1. Isolation Distances: Principles and Practices. 21 pages of great info exlaining how and why to isolate plants being grown for seed. Included is a great discussion on ways of decreasing isolation distances without affecting seed purity.
2. Seed Processing and Storage. 27 pages of solid information in a form that, IMO, will become the basic primer on the subject. Everything from seed harvesting to cleaning and storing is covered.
Most of all, these pamphlets are affordible. Isolation is ony $5.60 and Seed Processing is $8.25. Cheap enough that they should be part of every heirloom collector's library.
You can check them out at www.gardenmedicinals.com