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Jim Tjepkema
welcome

After many months of working on the steering committee for GSN, I am glad that we are getting started.  This is a low budget operation which is coming together slowly.  I think we have a good group of members who have already joined.  I hope all of you will stick with us as we smooth out some of the rough spots that have shown up during our start up.  GSN has been set up to run in a participatory democratic manner.  I see this as a member based organization where we all work together to support each other in our seed saving efforts. 

Jim Tjepkema
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I understand that the Seed Saver's Exchange is publishing a new guide to seed saving.  I think more information on seed saving is needed.  I doubt their book will be very oriented toward drawing on the experiences of the many great seed savers who have participated in SSE over the years.  I think GSN could work on gathering the information from experience seed savers and publishing this information as part of a book that would address some of the aspects of seed saving that pertained to gardens saving seeds in their own gardens. 
Much of the advice on seed saving, including that put out by SSE, comes from people who are more oriented toward commercial seed production or who are maintaining large collections, or who are doing breeding work.  People who have saved seeds in their own gardens have developed techniques and approaches that may be more appropriate for other gardeners who are interest in seed saving than those that come from people who do seed saving on a larger scale for seed companies, or large collections, or as researchers.   
Gathering information on seed saving from gardeners who save seeds is a project I think we could do in the future when we have managed to get GSN fully operational.