ABOUT US

OUR COMPANY

ABOUT US

At Baker Creek, our mission is to provide the seeds of a sustainable food supply for everyone and keep heirloom varieties alive for future generations.  We believe that farmers, gardeners and communities have the right to save their own seed, and in so doing preserve seed diversity and food security in an age of corporate agriculture and patented, hybridized or genetically modified seeds. All the seeds we sell can be saved, shared and traded, and we encourage people to save their own seed.

Charitable giving is a foundation of our business. Working with non-profit organizations, a significant portion of our annual profits goes toward providing food, emergency aid, sustainable development and education to people in the U.S. and abroad. We also provide free seeds to hundreds of community and educational groups each year, because we believe that everyone should have access to nutrient-dense, delicious food, season after season.

Founder Jere Gettle started Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. in 1998 as a hobby, and though it has since grown into North America’s largest heirloom seed company, we’ve never lost our passion for growing and sharing heirloom varieties. 

Baker Creek offers one of the largest selections of 19th century heirloom seeds from Europe and Asia, and our catalogs now feature about 1,000 stunning heirloom varieties.

Our headquarters in Mansfield, Missouri includes trial gardens, greenhouses, a pioneer village and a seed store, all on the homestead where Jere started the business as a teenager. We also operate a seed store in Petaluma, Ca. Baker Creek began hosting festivals in 2000 as a way to bring gardeners, homesteaders and natural foods enthusiasts together to exchange ideas and seeds, learn from renowned experts, and enjoy vendors, old-time music and more. Our public events include the National Heirloom Exposition, which draws more than 20,000 people to Santa Rosa, Ca., each year, and our Spring Planting Festival and smaller monthly festivals at our Missouri farm throughout the growing season. 

 

We're back! Baker Creek is pleased to welcome guests again to Bakersville, our Mansfield, Mo. farm and seed store. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Our vegan restaurant is open for lunch on Fridays only, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our seed store in Petaluma, Ca. will open again to the public as well  Sunday-Thursday  10am-6pm Starting June 10th 2021.

 

To request a seed donation for your school or organization email seeds@rareseeds.com Attn. Donations.


Jere and his wife Emilee are the authors of two books published by Hyperion: The Heirloom Life Gardener and The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook.