Tuesday, March 29

WHY HEIRLOOM SEEDS MATTER


As the weather warms, many of us are turning attention to summer gardens. And if Jere Gettle has his say about how we plant, we'll all use heirloom seeds. At 16, Gettle joined Seed Savers Exchange. His passing interest became a lifelong passion, and now it's his career. As owner and manager of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, near Mansfield, Missouri, Gettle distributes over 100,000 catalogues annually. His seed collection is considered one of the best in the country.

You'll recall that some years back, the SFA profiled Bill Best, also a seed saver. Saving Seeds was our first foray into film, and it was a finalist for Slow Food's Golden Snail award. Click here to view that first SFA documentary short, and also check out the five minute clip about Gettle at the top of this post. It is featured on the website The People Who Feed Us, and was produced by a group called Slow Films.