Dear Gardening Friends,
It is hard for us to believe that it is the 20th annual issue of our seed catalog! It has been an amazing adventure since I printed that first, 12 page seed list back in 1998 at the age of 17. Back then, the catalog contained just over 70 heirloom varieties, things that I wanted to save and pass on to others, seed varieties that had all but disappeared from modern catalogs, seeds that had a story to tell and are part of the culinary and horticultural fabric of this nation and the planet.
It is still our goal to preserve these genetic treasures on a larger and larger scale each season, and currently we are listing close to 1850 varieties from 100 countries or tribes on our website and in our catalogs. This year we are printing over 625,000 catalogs and hope you enjoy your copy and all of the genetic diversity within. Maybe we can help you find that special seed variety that you remember from Grandma’s garden, or that special variety that may have been part of your culture’s past, or simply some amazing, flavorful, colorful and nutritious vegetable to brighten your family’s table and provide a connection to past generations that have planted these seeds and passed them down generation by generation.
In 2017 it is more important than ever for people to know where their food is coming from! Record amounts of pesticides are being sprayed as more crops are being genetically engineered to withstand an ever wider assortment of chemicals. At the same time, many of the large biotech seed and chemical companies are merging and thus allowing America’s seed and food supply to be controlled by a handful of men who often only think about profits and stock prices. We believe we have a sacred, God-given right to save seeds and grow our own food, free from patents, GMOs and corporate control, and we encourage you to save seeds and pass them on to others! Seed saving and sharing is a way to take back our food supply and make our local communities stronger and more connected.
There is nothing to build community like a seed swap or just the simple act of passing seeds from gardener to gardener in your backyard. Please save and share seeds!
We have had a very busy year here at Baker Creek, trialing about 2000 varieties and bringing many new things to this catalog: seeds of cauliflower that will mature in record time, giant 7-foot gourds that are cooked like zucchini, fragrant old-fashioned flowers that are loved by our declining bee and butterfly populations, and so much more! It is always incredible finding “New” seeds!
We hope to meet many of you at our farm, festivals, or at the incredible National Heirloom Expo held in Santa Rosa, California, an event that will make any gardener or farmer ecstatic!
Thank you all for your support of our seed saving endeavors and keep on saving seeds!
Jere, Emilee, Sasha & Malia Gettle
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