Have you ever stopped to think about those littles seeds that become the plants you grow and love? A seed is how everything in a garden begins.
This year, the pandemic caused gardeners to buy seeds at a record pace. Because of this, seed companies across the nation and even the world sold out of seeds as gardeners everywhere sought to expand their gardens or start vegetable gardens for the first time.
The origin of seeds and how they were grown can play a big role in how we source and grow our food crops and ornamental plants in the future. Not all seeds are created equal, nor should we be treating them as if they are.
These days, more people than ever are growing their own food. The seeds they choose to purchase and plant can impact a lot more than their own backyard garden.
With new and experienced gardeners everywhere encountering terms on seed packets such as certified organic, conventional, heirloom, open-pollinated, and non-GMO, it’s important to understand what these terms mean and how those seeds will perform in our gardens.
So in this episode, we are going back though the archives to revisit some of our favorite shows about seeds. You’ll see past segments from episode 521 where we feature the Organic Seed Alliance. Their mission is to help farmers better steward their own seeds and farmland to build food diversity while teaching, researching, and advocating to protect our seed supply.
We also revisit episode 117 where we featured The Seed Saver’s Exchange, an organization in Decorah, IA that works directly with home gardeners to preserve both heirloom seeds and the stories that go with them.
There are also segments in this episode featuring High Mowing Organic Seed Co. located in Northern Vermont and Sow True Seed in Ashville, NC; two companies offering organically grown seeds at a time when we need that now more than ever.
So join us as we look back over 10 seasons of our best shows to learn more about the seeds you purchase to grow in your garden.
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