Seed2Save: An ‘Old School’ Approach to Vegetable Seed Development
Presented By: Mike Mueller
Event: ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018 (2018-11-15)
To empower persons working among rural farmers and gardeners in developing nations. One limiting factor is the availability of affordable quality seed of varieties well suited to the climate and culture. Seed2Save is Mike’s approach to make selections of open-pollinated varieties within target species, and then making stock seed available to others who will also make their own selection. Mike will share his strategies and methods of ‘random mass selection’ and ‘unique traits selections’ which are critical toward varietal improvements and future seed.
Mike Mueller founded Hope Seeds in 1999, which has shipped over 10 million packets of seed to 61 nations via over 400 ministries and agricultural workers. The majority of what they ship are open-pollinated vegetable varieties which are purchased from reputable seed production companies, and are varieties which have a proven history of production and reliable performance. Selection and development of vegetable varieties has been a part of Mike’s professional work working with international seed companies and a number of smaller family held companies for the past 40 years. Over the years Mike has made selections of many varieties in 7 species (tomato, pepper, squash, melon, cabbage, eggplant, and luffa/gourds) and has introduced a number to the world market… all in the public domain.