Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seed Savers Exchange Catalog Available for Spring Planting

Founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is now the largest non-governmental seed bank of its kind in the United States. With over 13,000 members, SSE conserves and maintains heirloom seeds for thousands of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Its mission is:
. . . to save North America's diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity.
Located on the 890-acre Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa, SSE is open to visitors from April to October, and sponsors special events such as seed starting, grafting, and gardening workshops. It also hosts an annual conference and campout, which this year will take place July 15-17, 2011 and feature as its keynote speaker, Dr. Vandana Shiva, an internationally renowned scientist, author, and advocate of biodiversity and organic farming.

To learn more about Seed Savers Exchange, visit its website, and download its mesmerizing 2011 Catalog for this year's gardening.

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