Humans have been saving seeds since the beginning of time. Grow Benzie has been saving seeds since the beginning of Grow Benzie. With all the energy and interest in seeds throughout the area, Grow Benzie decided to organize a group of seed enthusiasts. The goal of the group is to discuss seed saving, exchanging, storing and selling- any aspects of sharing the story of a seed.
The inspiration to start this group grew from the discovery of squash seeds in an archaeological dig by students at the University of Wisconsin. An 800-year old clay pot held these ancient seeds, which were later grown and distributed through the First Menominee Nation, and eventually made their way over to Northwest Lower Michigan. Preserving and sharing the stories of these heritage seeds, along with heirloom seeds from Grow Benzie and other area farmers, are among some of the activities planned by the Benzie Area Seed Savers.