This past week’s purchase still makes me giddy…I ordered all of our vegetable seeds for this year’s garden and can’t wait for them to get here!
In planning and researching where to buy organic, NON-genetically modified seeds, I looked online and came across the website Organic Gardening, which has been a great resource to learn more about the whole organic gardening process. I especially loved their list of recommended seed sources/catalogs.
Low and behold, the first source recommended is the one seed catalog I’ve ever received, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Their print catalog was beautiful, so I was happy to spend some time on their website (by “some time” I mean a few hours) and the description of their open-pollinated, pure, natural, non-GMO seeds certainly tugged at my heartstrings:
“Pure and Natural seeds means that you start with a product that is untreated and free of pesticides… Also, they are not genetically modified. In sharp contrast to hybrids, Heirlooms trace their ancestry back many years to a time when pesticides and herbicides were not in use…“Basically, an Heirloom seed is one that has been passed down through families and is usually considered to be over 50 years old. Some varieties even date back to Thomas Jefferson’s garden and beyond.” Unlike hybrids or GMO’s which often have problems reproducing to the parent strain, Heirloom seeds can be saved and replanted, ensuring a trustworthy supply of family food year after year.”
As I’ve invested a huge amount of time learning more about the incredible benefits of not only eating, but also growing, planning and preparing “Real Food,” I’ve realized how severely we (as Americans) are lacking any sense of food culture or tradition. The thought of planting seeds that have been cared for, tended to, harvested, preserved and passed down through families for generations is pretty exciting. It supports exactly what I want for our family: to be passionate about where our food comes from and take an active role in drawing it from the ground before placing it on the table.
I can’t wait to get our seedlings started! I’ve been getting Max all excited about growing our plants INSIDE and what hard work it will be to take care of them. I’m not sure what I’m more excited for, tending the garden to produce our own fresh foods or watching Max throughout the process! Maybe one day our garden will be so beautiful as to look like this…
Until then, I better go check the mailbox!