Jere Gettle’s Seed Bank and the National Heirloom Expo

heirloom vegetables

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Civil Eats recently ran a nice piece that features Jere Gettle, heirloom seed advocate and purveyor. As journalist (and Seed Bank and National Heirloom Expo promoter) Christopher Fisher writes,

the seedsman from Missouri seemed pleasantly surprised by all the fuss when asked recently about the meteoric growth of the business he began just 14 years ago, when Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds sent out its first mail order catalog. That was 1998. He was 17….

I began by asking him about the book he published last fall … According to The Heirloom Life Gardener, which was lovingly illustrated with hundreds of exquisite, mouth-watering photographs of produce from the Baker Creek gardens taken by Jere and others, heirlooms matter for a number of reasons, not least of which is that they tend to taste better than hybrid varieties.

It’s a nice article and includes lots of great links, so check it out.


One comment

  1. zazzman

    I completely agree. I think if more Americans had an heirloom option for fruits and vegetables we would have healthier eaters and less obesity. I, for one, could not stand tomatoes until I had heirloom.

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