Growing vegetables, fruits and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Seed saving helps gardeners maintain important regional varieties that are well-suited for specific conditions, encourages plant diversity, and helps promote plants with the best texture, flavor, and variety. The Manual of Seed Saving is an authoritative guide from experts around the globe. Supported by research from the global conservation organizations, it features information on how to maximize seed quality and yield for more than 100 crop plants. Plant profiles include critical information on pollination, isolation distances, cultivation, harvest, storage and pests and diseases. The Manual of Seed Saving is an essential reference for all food producers including vegetable growers, market gardeners, and farmers. Copyright 2003, 2010, hardcover, 344 pages.