I think having survival seeds is an essential part of any long-term survival plan, but there are a couple of things that you need to take into account.
1. Not all seeds are created equal. You need to be very careful when picking out which types of seeds to buy. At the very least, your seeds should be organic; but you also need to make sure you are buying them from a reputable dealer. A number of companies have been toying with the idea of so-called “suicide seeds” or “terminator technology.” This technology makes any seed that you plant produce a second generation seed that is sterile.
2. Know your climate. When buying seeds, you are probably better off staying away from those pre-packaged one-year supply deals. I say this because you really want to individualize your personal seed bank by buying seeds that are suited for your climate. What grows well in the Midwest, may not do so well in Florida, or the desert southwest.
Go to your local greenhouse or garden supply store and find out what types of seeds are best suited for your area.
3. Will you eat it? Just like when building up your food storage preps, you need to think about what foods you and your family will actually eat. Growing a field full of corn is great, but if everyone in your family hates corn, it may not be such a bright idea.
4. Practice growing before the SHTF. Growing food is extremely hard and takes years of practice to get good at. Don’t wait until things go bad; start a small garden and learn how to grow the types of foods that you plan on growing when the SHTF.
5. Make sure you have other options. As I said above, growing your own food is hard! A lot of people buy these one-size fits all seed bank packages and think they are somehow prepared to survive. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even if you are an experienced gardener there are far to many variables to rely solely on your seed bank.
- First, it takes time to start growing food. You need to have food stocks built up that will sustain you until your garden starts producing.
- Second, there’s no telling what the future holds; flood, fire and droughts could all pose a serious risk to your survival garden.
- You need to have a back up plan for those times when growing food may become impossible. Make sure you have a good emergency food supply, a way to hunt and trap game, and knowledge of where the local edible plants are and how to prepare them.
I highly recommend checking out Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm. The DVD is great for those who are trying to figure out a sustainable way to grow their own food. They go over everything from organic gardening techniques and seed saving, to water systems and long-term survival farming. It’s jam-packed with great real life information from a family who is living the lifestyle. It’s a must have for anyone who is serious about long-term survival living.