Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy Year of the Rat / 鼠 年 快 樂 !

The image above was designed by P.J. Lynch and is featured on a series of 2020 coins issued by the U.K.'s Royal Mint to commemorate the Lunar New Year.

The obverse of the coin depicts Queen Elizabeth II, and was designed by Jody Clark in 2015. It is the first definitive royal coinage portrait by a Royal Mint designer in over 100 years.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Gardening for the Future with Heirloom Seeds

The latest tantalizing annual catalog from Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), featuring heirloom, untreated, non-hybrid, and non-GMO seeds, is now available online; a print copy of the 2020 catalog can also be requested free of charge online. 

Founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange 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. To learn more about Seed Savers Exchange and the benefits of membership, visit its website.