Seed Saving Activity with Tomatoes

Saving seeds from a tomato is a fun way to dip your feet into the ocean of seed processing, cleaning, initial drying, and storage.

The Save Seeds, Save Our Future workshop included an activity, Seed Saving Activity with Tomatoes. This two part activity covers processing, fermentation, drying, and storage of tomato seeds. Participants were asked to document their progress in pictures and thoughts. Two wonderful examples of this documentation are linked below.

The first example, from Kacie F., a resource teacher at Waianae Elementary school includes the application of NGSS standards. Kacie comments, “I thought it was a great, hands-on activity to engage students in the seed saving process and to build understanding about the importance of sustaining our local plant production.”

The second example comes from retired science teacher, Clyde K. Clyde offers, “This activity is a great opportunity to develop observation skills, follow directions, learn about the fermentation process, and other vocabulary regarding seed saving.”

This activity was part of the Save Seeds, Save Our Future workshop. A recording of the full workshop is available for viewing on the group page.

Our Seed Saving Classroom Kit is available to borrow!


CONTRIBUTOR: Tyler Levine, Kacie F., Clyde K.
ORGANIZATION: Seeds of Honua, STEM Pre-Academy

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TAGS: ecology, seed saving, sustainability