Heirloom Seeds Question

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  1. Niki

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    Is there any way to know for sure that heirloom seeds are really heirloom seeds? I want to get some and learn how to save seeds, but my concern is that I don't know if they will really be "heirloom" seeds. I want to avoid anything that has been genetically altered and would like to go a step further and find "organic" seeds (is there such a thing?), but is there any way to know for sure if I am getting what I am paying for?
     
  2. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Many of the smaller seed companies make a real effort to give you this info. Check out FEDCO (http://www.fedcoseeds.com/). Others include Baker creek http://www.rareseeds.com/, Seeds of Change (www.seedsofchange.com). There are many others, but these are just some that I can think of right away (my catalogs etc aren't handy). Fedco makes an effort to tell where the seeds came from--large company, small farmer, etc.
     

  3. Niki

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    awesome! Thanks. I will check out those links.
     
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    http://www.underwoodgardens.com

    Mayo Underwood is my favorite bio-diversity advocate! :)

    And of course, there's

    http://www.seedsavers.org/

    Happy Hunting!

    Pony!
     
  5. Wildcrofthollow

    Wildcrofthollow Well-Known Member

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    My favorite is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

    They are here in VA and have always been great, easy to deal with and I have met the guy who started it and he was incredibly knowledgable and helpful.

    They do have a website but I'm not sure of the address
     
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    Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was one of my early introductions to "heirloom" vegetables after Seed Savers Exchange. That was back in the early 1980s, as I recall, and possibly before there were "heirloom" vegetables. Their website is: www.southernexposure.com

    Martin
     
  7. Niki

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    Thank you for the links. I will check them out. Wildcrofthollow, I will do a google search for that company. ;)
     
  8. Niki

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    Other than preserving the integrity of the heirloom seed, do you find that they are any more/less resistant to pests and diseases than the packets you find in a local store?
     
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    Some are and some are not. The thing with heirlooms is that, over time, they become addapted to the specific enviroment of your individual space. Always save the first and best varieties for seed, and destroy any that do not do well. In a few generations, you will have better and healthier plants :)
     
  10. Niki

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    Thank you, Vicker. Good advice! ;)