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The Importance of Heirloom Seeds

Seeds are like the genetic maps of the past. Rare heirloom varieties hold characteristics that are not typically grown in large scale agriculture.  From a purple tomato to a green potato, these characteristics have to be safe-guarded through seed saving to ensure they will not become extinct.
If gardeners purchase and grow only hybrid varieties, heirloom varieties will continue to dwindle, resulting in eventual extinction.  This is evident in the untold amounts of heirlooms that have already faced extinction.  By growing diversified heirlooms, growers can find well suited plants for their specific conditions.
As small seed companies like ours are bought up by conglomerate seed companies, their seed collections are stripped down to few varieties.  This lack in varieties leads many growers to plant varieties that are unfit for their garden.  These gardeners also lack the diversity of plants that every garden needs to be happy and healthy.
Heirloom plants are the easiest to save seeds from. This is how our ancestors continued developing agriculture each year by simply saving last year’s seeds.  We as a company want you to benefit from seeds saved and reproduced over several seasons.

Why Do Organic Techniques Matter in Seed Production?

Seed production is a lengthy and difficult process. Seed producers must grow their plants an average twice or three times as long to produce seeds. For instance, our Early Wonder Beets took just under a year to produce seeds. Maturity for edible beets is about two to three months. This means that seed producers face many more difficulties with pests and diseases. Due to the lengthy growing season, conventional seed production uses twice the amount of synthetic chemicals.

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