Medicinal Seed Saving:
Seed Security Project
Herbalists Without Borders is passionate about saving and sustaining our native medicinals and wants to teach others how to preserve seeds and propagate medicinal plants. There are a number of organizations that focus on saving seeds for food production, but seed saving for medicinal plants is not common. While we believe that food is a primary source of medicine, HWB also wants to promote Seed Saving models that include medicinal plants.
HWB works to support Chapters globally who want to save seeds and get gardens growing. We also have an HWB US Seed Bank that grows and saves seeds from our own gardens. To find out more, write to Denise at the office!
HWB US has a Seed Grant kit program that works to get healthy food and medicinal herbs to HWB groups to grow gardens in their communities. HWB groups not only grow medicinals, but food, as food justice is health justice, and healthy food makes communities healthier. Many HWB Chapters grow gardens that are used for education, and that grow food to donate to local people - such as growing food for the food pantry, providing fresh produce to take as you need at free clinics or community events, and to use to make and educate on the use of foods, spices, and herbs for wellness.
Our HWB International Headquarters is located at a farm that is a part of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network, where we grow many medicinals and also work to preserve endangered and at risk plants.
Our member portal on the website has over 900 resources, including many downloadable files about seed saving, seed starting, seed banks, seed libraries, how to get started, and more. HWB also offers technical support to help members get their gardens going, and to help international members create models like the US system, to connect growers and seed savers together.