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close this bookFood from Dryland Gardens - An Ecological, Nutritional, and Social Approach to Small Scale Household Food Production (CPFE, 1991)
close this folderPart III - Garden harvest
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Open this folder and view contents14. Saving seeds for planting
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In the Chapters of Part I we discussed the nutritional, economic, environmental, and social contributions of gardens to sustainable development. Part II presented the principles of plant, soil, and water management to meet these goals and ideas for applying these principles in ways consistant with the criteria for sustainable development. But the story does not end with the harvest. Many of the benefits of gardens depend on what happens to seeds and food after they are harvested. The goals of local self-reliance and control, and an approach to gardens that builds on local resources and knowledge, will help insure that the garden harvest promotes equity as well as social and environmental sustainability, and that the benefits will endure well beyond the life of the project.