Adventures of a First-Time Seed Starter, Part One

Adventures of a First-Time Seed Starter, Part One

With the start of each new year at Seed Savers Exchange come seed orders—hopefully lots of them!—from individuals across the country eagerly anticipating another spring of growing heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables and flowers. And 2018, I discovered last week, was no different—as I pitched in with order fulfillment in our Seed House, I plucked packet after packet of seeds from sturdy cardboard trays on shiny metal shelves, helping to fill orders for customers from Massachusetts to California. Perhaps inevitably, I also pondered this question:  

What seeds will I start indoors this year?

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Seed Support for Tribal Food Security, Sovereignty

Seed Support for Tribal Food Security, Sovereignty

When Ed Spevak of the St. Louis Zoo's Center for Native Pollinator Conservation began working with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska on issues of food sovereignty, food security, and pollinator health, he knew exactly where to turn for the heirloom corn, beans, and squash the Winnebago—part of the Ho-Chunk Nation—sought.

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The Herman’s Garden Program: Spreading the Joy of Gardening

The Herman’s Garden Program: Spreading the Joy of Gardening

“Children are instinctively fascinated with the hidden abilities of a seed—even one tiny bean becomes an opportunity to educate about the origin of our food,” said Diane Ott Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange co-founder, of the organization’s Herman’s Garden Seed Donation Program in 2014. “I have seen the joy a simple packet of seed can bring to children and adults alike.”

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