Ah, so true.... One of the most alarming films I have seen in a long time is Seed the Untold Story. Please get your library to get it! It is not to be missed!
So where should we buy our little 'containments of life' these days? Here are a few seed companies that are worthy of a look:
Check out their Basil collection of seeds and their "Rainbow Kitchen Garden", 5 packets of colorful vegetable varieties that are easy to grow and great for anyone starting a garden from seed. Includes:
- Farmer's Market Lettuce Mix: rainbow of colors and textures
- Garden Candy Cherry Tomatoes: red, orange, yellow and sweet as sugar
- Tasty Duo Scallions: red and green skinned, savory and crisp
- Tricolor Bush Beans: purple, yellow and green pods
- Tricolor Zucchini: gold, light and dark green, with buttery flavor
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds -
This group offers heirloom and open pollinated seeds. This will be so important in the years to come. Start now growing the plants as nature intended them...Become a 'heritage gardener and a seed saver' now...
Try their Al-Kuffa Tomato - This little tomato is early, and produces 3-4 ounce fruit on compact, dwarf vines that yielded till frost.
Tomato Growers – everything tomato from Fort Myers Florida....check out their exclusive Black Cherry tomato - the first truly black cherry tomato. It is a perfectly round cherry with classic black tomato flavor, sweet yet rich and produced in abundance on vigorous, tall plants. Indeterminate 65 days...
Fedco Seeds - based in Waterville, Maine, Fedco is a cooperative - one of the few seed companies so organized in the United States. Fedco provides cold-hardy varieties and gardening supplies. Go to their pdf cartalog and read anything CR Lawn writes...(Reminds me a little of the Dr. Bronner soap labels..you know, 'faith in one-god-state-to-date')...CR Lawn writes about weird weather conditions saying, "In my youth when I sought advice from the I-Ching, how often was I told that“perseverance furthers.”
Seeds of Change A great catalog! with lots of information about all and sundry horticultural related things...Their Farm is the Rio Grande Valley in Northern New Mexico, midway between Santa Fe and Taos. In the past few years, Seeds of Change Farm made a commitment to becoming more sustainable in its farming practices by incorporating permaculture design principles in all aspects of its work. Check it out on their website.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
A wonderful history and a wonderful organic seed company in Maine...A great source of unique and hardy vegetables. This year they offer a nearly seedless Red Pearl tomato, a grape size tomato, with intermediate resistance (IR) to the dreaded late blight.