Sunday, February 13, 2011

Seed Savers Exchange

We are fortunate to have dozens of quality seed companies here in the United States focused on providing an amazing array of seeds. Many of these catalogs are increasingly offering more and more open-pollinated, heirloom varieties that have stood the test of time. This resurgence of heirloom seeds in commercial catalogs is due in a large part to the work of The Seed Savers Exchange. Founded in 1975 by Kent & Diane Ott Whealy, the Seed Savers Exchange has made it its mission to collect, maintain and distribute heirloom vegetable varieties. Today, S.S.E. has over 13,000 members. I am proud to say that I have been a member for over 15 years and would encourage anyone interested in growing- and eating - heirloom vegetables to join. Membership includes receiving the annual yearbook and 3 issues of the The Heritage Farm Companion.

This year, when I received my renewal card in the mail, my packet also included a free packet of "Grandpa Admire's" Lettuce. How cool is that. Who knows what variety you might get ?! And if you are anywhere near Decorah, Iowa you are welcome to drop in at Heritage Farm and take a tour. Every July they have their Annual Camp-out Convention featuring speakers, demonstrations and lots of good fellowship. I haven't made it there yet, but certainly hope to sometime in the near future. But best of all, anyone can request their amazing catalog for free and try some new varieties this year.

1 comment:

Robin said...

I did not realize that they have been around that long. The catalog this year is absolutely beautiful!