Friday, October 7, 2011

The Heirloom Life Gardener

On Friday, Oct. 7, NPR's Morning Edition ran a nice interview that you should read about or listen to by the founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds about his new book, The Heirloom Life Gardener. He's the force behind the National Heirloom Expo, which Linda Preuss (SLOLA's Database Chair) will be talking to us about at our Oct. 15th meeting. Please come -- you'll also learn how to save Rhubarb and other Polygonaceae seeds (buckwheat, sorrel, more).

"As a child growing up on his family's farm in the 1980s, Jere Gettle didn't spend his evenings watching TV; instead, he read seed catalogs. To him, the endless varieties of seeds with exotic sounding names were full of possibility. He loved the idea of planting them in the ground, tending the crops that grew from them and preparing the harvested vegetables for a family meal.

Gettle and his wife. Emilee, have built a thriving business off that early fascination. The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company carries a large selection of seeds from the 19th century and the Gettle's new book, The Heirloom Life Gardener, offers advice on how to save and grow heirloom vegetables." (read the complete article and listen at the link)