Organic gardening in the backyard could help promote food production. Food importation will be lessened if we can grow fruits and vegetables in our backyards, even if the spaces are limited. What’s more important is the fact that we could already supply our family’s food consumption and help share some with our neighbors.
That said, it could be a little easier if we can avail of free vegetable seeds from the government.
There are so many seed sellers in the market, and they sell rare seed varieties at a very high price. According to gathered information, the Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) provides rare vegetable seed varieties to research institutions for their research study, educational gardening activities, or breeding purposes.
However, it would be better if the government could supply free seeds to every farmer and small space gardeners to boost food production in the community.
Getting Free Vegetable Seeds
Anyway, if gardening is indeed your passion and you are a member of a farming community, you may want to request for free vegetable seeds from the government through the USDA site. Just make sure that if you are going to use the seeds for a research study, you need to inform the Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) about where the research work will be published.
Listed below is how you can file your request for free seeds on USDA’s site:
- Search for the National Plant Germplasm System (NGPS).
- Enter the keyword which is the name of the seed that you want to request.
- Choose from the list of different varieties of the seed which you have entered on the field.
- Click complete.
The system will then present a form for you to fill out. Please note that you need to state that you will be using the requested seeds for a noble cause and research studies on a “Describe Your Planned Research” box.
Once you already received your free seed supply from USDA, you may start planting it and keep some of its seeds for future production of the same variety.