Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Real Seeds for Growing Real Food

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Even if you are not into gardening, this place is so cool,  wholesome and simple yet filled with so much integrity
you can't help envisioning what you could do with a plot of land and some beautiful seeds.
The rows and rows of colorful seed packets carefully cataloged and tucked into beautiful Amish-built seed racks the owners had custom built on-site.

 Housed in the towering old 1926 Sonoma County Bank, it’s hard to miss the Seed Bank. Selling over 1200 varieties of seeds, the Seed Bank is a stand out not only because of its impressive edifice, but it’s the company’s commitment to growing and promoting varieties of heirloom fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers that attract backyard gardeners and locavores from miles around. 
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds was started in Mansfield, Missouri by 17 year-old Jere Gettle in 1998, it turns out that there’s very little that’s ordinary about Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. When Gettle started collecting the seeds of older, rarer varieties of plants and selling them through his mail order business he found that there were gardeners, growers, and small farmers all over the country interested in growing their own heirloom crops and antique flowers and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds quickly found a following. 
With assist from Design Sponge
Visit soon, they are a wealth of 
information and inspiration.
199 Petaluma Blvd. N

Along these same lines,
Ashley English, remember my chicken fever?
has recently written about the importance 
of heirloom seeds over at Design Sponge.
There, she discusses the importance of
 growing, and consuming heirloom varieties of foods. 
These are more than fleeting theories,
it is an integral way to live.
For Ashley's  discussion visit here.