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Bob Wildfong is the Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity Canada. In this episode, Bob brings his over twenty years’ experience to the topic of seed saving from cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, gourds, and their relatives). He addresses “what makes good seed good”, the plant biology of cucurbits, best practices for saving seeds from this plant family -- including population size, isolation distance, and squash taxonomy -- as well as the good, bad, and ugly of breaking the rules. If you love squash, don’t miss this episode, which is particularly helpful for beginner and intermediate seed savers.

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  • Read Bob’s bio here.
  • Seeds of Diversity is coordinating a grow-out of squashes in their Canadian seed collection. Read more about the project here.
  • In today’s episode, Bob references that a good chart can be handy when seed saving from squash, or any plants in the garden. This chart from Seed Savers Exchange is helpful, and goes well with this short interpretive guide.