The year 2017 proved a success for Seed Savers Exchange’s new Citizen Science Corps (CSC), a revamp of the Member-Grower Evaluation Network. Myriad SSE members answered the call to participate in one (or all three) of the CSC programs—ADAPT, SHARE, and RENEW.Read More
Scott Leddy, a habitat-restoration practitioner well known among naturalists in the Midwest, has devoted the majority of his life (more than three decades) to restoring the bluffs and prairies surrounding Rushford, Minnesota, part of the Driftless Area of the Midwest. It’s exhausting, time-intensive work—think tree removal, and controlled burning—but he will quickly tell you it is well worth the long hours and physical exertion.Read More
Opened in 2008, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a steely compound tunneled 500 feet into an icy mountain in Spitsbergen, part of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Located just 800 miles from the North Pole, it’s intentionally difficult to find—and even more difficult to access—and it’s no exaggeration to say it may one day save the Earth from human extinctioRead More
Beyond the years covered in the beloved Little House on the Prairie series, and before the books made Ingalls a household name, Laura and her husband, Almanzo, tended an orchard in Missouri, growing Missouri Pippin and Ben Davis apples. Both varieties are part of the Seed Savers Exchange collection and are offered on the Exchange.Read More
Armed with expert tips, rich soil, myriad containers, and, most importantly, a colorful packet of ‘Italian Heirloom’ tomato seeds, I was ready to embark on my seed-starting adventure.
Or was I?Read More
With the start of each new year at Seed Savers Exchange come seed orders from gardeners across the country who are 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, I plucked packet after packet of seeds from sturdy cardboard trays, helping to fill orders from customers from Massachusetts to California and seemingly every state in between. Perhaps inevitably, I also pondered this question:
What seeds will I start indoors this year?Read More
Each variety preserved in Seed Savers Exchange’s collection is a unique piece of a grand genetic puzzle and, as such, may hold the key to solving one of the world’s most pressing problems: crop susceptibility to drought, pests, or disease.Read More
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.Read More
This summer, I drove halfway across the country to rural Iowa to take the helm of Seed Savers Exchange. I decided to make the journey into a listening and tasting tour of sorts. Throughout the trip, I was reminded time and again of why the work Seed Savers Exchange does with your support is so important to us all.