Saturday, March 6, 2010

Seed Savers Exchange

We are sending off our seed orders, in a leap of faith that spring will finally come.

Over the next few days, I want to discuss some of my favorite seed catalogs.

Seed Savers Exchange is a lot more than a seed catalog.

They are a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.

They are located in Decorah, Iowa.  Years ago, I had family in Iowa (since moved or deceased) and I almost got to see them a couple of times, but my relatives lived pretty far from them (Iowa is a big place!).  So, we never got there to see their Heritage Farm.

Seed Savers Exchange is celebrating their 35th anniverary.  I don't remember exactly when I hd first heard of them, but I joined them (fully believing in their mission) sometime back in the late 1970's.  For whatever reason, I never followed up on it, to my everlasting shame.  But, I do still try to support them.

To quote from their website "Seed Savers is the largest non-governmental seed bank in the United States whose goal is making varieties accessible to the public."

Have you ever given this thought-that some of the varieties you love to grow may disappear next year, never to be seen again?

It's true!

This is a complex subject, worth a lot more space than I can give to it in the time I allot to this blog.  But I encourage you to order from this most worthy organization.  We do.  And if you have the time, go on their website and download their catalog.  It will open a new world of gardening up to you.

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