Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Field Trip!!

Yesterday, we had a lovely day.  We toured Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company in Mansfield, MO.  If you've never heard of this place, you are really missing out.  They offer 1400 heirloom varieties of seeds. They only sell open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural & non-GMO! The company was started in 1998 by Jere Gettle, as a means to preserve heirloom seeds.  You can order from them from anywhere, so if you don't live around here, you should definitely check out their website.  If you do live around here, I totally recommend that you go there.

It wasn't just a seed store.  It was an entire pioneer village, complete with Restaurant, Mercantile, Apothecary, Stone oven, Jail, Blacksmith, etc...

This is the Apothecary:

It smelled so good in there!

I can't wait to go to their Spring Planting Festival when the pioneer village comes alive with living history demonstrators, vendors, music, and historic farm animals & poultry.

The kids had a blast wandering around the village.  They especially liked seeing all the unique varieties of chickens and ducks. 

I wish I would have taken a picture inside the seed store, but I was completely overwhelmed with the walls and walls of seeds.  We had fun picking out a few packs of seeds that we needed.  Last year I ordered their large seed package and got 60 full size packs of seeds, which included 25 different varieties of vegetables, for about $100.  They offer a northern and southern package, so you won't get seeds that won't grow in your climate.  I'm really excited about growing our food with heirloom seeds and learning how to save the seeds for planting next year.  

I think it's tragic that thanks to genetic modification, many seeds you now buy will no longer produce the same plant if you save the seeds.  Some will not produce another plant at all.  Also, in Monsanto's own words "all newer conventional varieties in the seed industry" are patented.  That means farmers can and are being prosecuted for saving seeds for their own use. 

How sad is that?  This country seems to be going backwards sometimes, for the love of money.   

 Sorry for that little rant.  

Let's get back to the topic!  Baker's Creek.

Just go there or order some seeds from them.  You won't be disappointed!! 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 

1 comment:

  1. Happy to have you along for the kinderGARDENS fun! Just added you to the blog roll, Kim

    BTW...I LOVED your rant, you are right on about the country going backwards for the love of money. What a wonderful field trip!