Dear Gardening Friends,
So much has happened in the past year; we are again introducing a huge “new” lineup of amazing varieties, including some incredibly colorful carrots and radishes from far-away India. In our trials these Indian varieties out-performed most others for quality, flavor and yield. But these antioxidant rich treasures are just a small sampling of the global offerings that fill the pages of the catalog this year.
Speaking of catalogs, in 2016 we are printing over 700,000 copies, as well as using a new layout, which now includes photos of nearly every variety offered. We hope you enjoy all the new varieties that are offered this year.
So many of the seeds in this catalog are on the verge of extinction, and we really are thankful for all of our wonderful customers that help us continue the mission to find, collect and offer seeds for the world’s most endangered crops. Your support helped our team travel to Thailand, Myanmar, India, Morocco, Italy and more in 2015, collecting not only seeds, but also stories and cultural notes from some of the most amazing people on the planet. My family and I were able to spend two months in Thailand, traveling among the tribal groups and learning traditional foods and collecting seeds. It was not just in foreign lands, but right here in America that we came across historic seeds that have been part of America’s heritage for generations, and in some cases have been all but lost to gardeners and farmers. We feel honored to continue this mission of pure food and tradition--a tradition that is still endangered.
We must get more people growing and buying their food locally. We absolutely must avoid Roundup-contaminated GMO food which studies continue to link to health problems, not only in humans, but also to the environment in general. The continued loss of our pollinators is a somber reminder of the need to go back to natural gardening and farming. Let’s make America’s food great again in 2016. In 2015 a large portion of Europe and many other nations totally banned the growing of GMO crops. Why not in America? Maybe because our politicians are totally owned by factory farming and the chemical industry?
So in 2016 let’s make a pure food revolution and revolt against life patents, GMOs, and all other corporate control of our food. My family and I are going to do our best to obtain food freedom, one seed at a time, one plate or one garden at a time. Save and share your own seeds, and help preserve your rights to food freedom.
We are excited for 2016 and hope to meet many of you at our farm and at events like the National Heirloom Expo or the Spring Planting Festival. We hope you have a wonderful year and enjoy the marvels of creation as you work your own small patch of earth. Keep it clean, save your own, and share!
Jere, Emilee, Sasha & Malia Gettle