July 8, 2017
I have long talked and dreamed about having my own vegetable garden. As a self-identified city girl, the thought of it is both overwhelming and exciting. I love the thought of purchasing my own gardening supplies, planting the seeds in my own soil, and watching them grow into something edible. Well, this week is the week that I am hoping to actually start on that dream!
In an effort to avoid using GMO seeds, with their potentially hazardous DNA-weirdness and pesticide-friendly properties, I would like to start this journey with “heirloom” seeds. Luckily, I am told that my local gardening store carries these special seeds. If I can’t find what I need, I’m in extra luck because I recently ran across a very special company online called Seed Savers Exchange. As a self-proclaimed environmentalist, I find a lot to love about this company.
For those not in the “know” – heirloom seeds are NON-GMO seeds, meaning that they are not a hybrid-seed ready for pesticide use. These are the seeds that were used back before pesticides were widely used. Seed Savers works specifically to save these seeds for future generations, and for us to use in our gardens in the here and now:
Seed Savers Exchange takes threats to biodiversity seriously. We maintain a collection of more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and plant varieties, including over 1,000 varieties of heritage apple trees. We take great care to ensure the health and viability of our collection for generations of growers to come. We keep the bulk of our collection in an underground freezer vault at Heritage Farm.
Each year, we grow out select varieties in gardens at Heritage Farm to refresh our seed supply. To maintain accurate records of each variety’s traits, our Evaluation Team grows out other varieties and keeps careful track of them, updating descriptions, and checking for inconsistencies. Our seed historian researches the story of each variety, documenting its history and the lives of the people who brought it to our collection. (SeedSavers.org)
They have 13,000 members and they are encouraged to share their homegrown seeds through a seed exchange. Although only members can request seeds through that exchange, anyone cam shop for seeds in their online store. The catalog of seeds is truly amazing. They have loads and loads of vegetable seeds, plus herbs, plants, flowers, etc. The seeds can be purchased online, or through a participating store. (The closest store to me is about 50 miles away.) To get a look at this fabulous online store, see here: http://www.seedsavers.org/search.
Thank you to Seed Exchange for preserving these fabulous seeds, so future generations (and this one!) do not have to rely on Monsanto “Roundup Ready” scary-DNA-freaky seeds. The work you do is important and it is appreciated.
We only get one Earth, and we only get one body for the duration of our stay here. It might be a good idea to take care of both of them.
Job 12:7-10 But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; 8 ask the plants of the earth,[a] and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 9 Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.
Serve all with love.
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