Seeds in the Spotlight

Seeds in the Spotlight

We were excited last week to welcome our friend Austin to Heritage Farm. He's helping us tell our story on film for our 40th anniversary.  

Keep your eyes peeled for the video, which will be coming your way in the New Year! For now, here's a behind the scenes look at the filming process. 

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Between the Bookends at Becker Library: 14 from '14

Between the Bookends at Becker Library: 14 from '14

In Seed Savers Exchange's Becker Library, we collect books that help us learn about the truly amazing collection we steward: the people, the communities, the foodways, the gardening practices, the historical contexts, and the potential threats β€“ the  whole shebang. Libraries are about the whole shebang. And with that in mind, I'm happy to share 14 diverse titles we acquired during the past year, 2014, and wish you all a very happy 2015! Find a warm stove to cozy up to and read one of these good books this winter!

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The Heart of What We Do

The Heart of What We Do

Every year for the last 40, support from conscientious donors has allowed us to increase our commitment to the safekeeping and propagation of heirloom plant varieties. We cannot do the work of preserving our garden heritage without you.  

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Gardens, Libraries, and La Dolce Vita

Gardens, Libraries, and La Dolce Vita

At first glance, it may seed odd that an organization known and loved for promoting dirt under your fingernails would have a library. But the library has grown to become an essential part of the mission-driven daily life of Seed Savers Exchange, providing information essential to researching the history of valuable heirloom seeds.

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Winter Care of Your Fruit Trees

Winter Care of Your Fruit Trees

With October here and a distinct chill in the air, it time to think about protecting all your fruit trees that you’ve nurtured through the growing season. Fruit trees are especially attractive to animals that love to eat the bark and nibble the buds for winter food. If you want to avoid the cost of replacing trees year after year, make a plan now to keep pests away.

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Pollination and Preservation

Pollination and Preservation

Step by step guides to the hand pollination of corn and squash as well as resources on rearing pollinators for your fields or gardens. Free downloadable resources for you to save and print, including a guide to Midwestern Native Pollinators. 

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Photo Essay: Capturing a Season

Photo Essay: Capturing a Season

At Seed Savers Exchange we use photos to document our work, to record images of particular varieties, and to share the experience of our events and daily activity with you. Here's a look at some of our favorites from the last few years, all taken by the staff at Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa.

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(Almost) Instant Replay: 9th Annual Tomato Tasting Results

(Almost) Instant Replay: 9th Annual Tomato Tasting Results

Perhaps the only thing that the staff a Seed Savers Exchange love more about their jobs than growing plants  is actually getting to eat some of the amazing fruits that these plants produce. As part of our work here we get to take part in taste evaluations and no evaluation is more anticipated and beloved than our Annual Tomato Tasting.

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