With the Farmer’s Markets and CSAs winding down for the season, there’s a new movement afoot – the heirloom seed movement. Right now is an optimal time to begin saving history, one seed at a time. Last fall we reviewed Rare Seeds who swim against the river of modern agriculture! Those of us who have a passion for the pure food movement, even armchair gardeners, can help rock the food supply by learning to save seed like Jere Gettle and his wife, Emilee, who have built a business out of their passions. Recently, NPR interviewed them and they have a new book out. (Read an excerpt of The Heirloom Life Gardener)

If you’ve been lucky enough to taste an heirloom tomato this season and that intense flavor explodes in your mouth, you won’t want to go back to eating those from the grocery store ever again.  Gettle’s book offers excellent advice for saving your seeds for replanting. “As long as you’re planting the traditional varieties that aren’t patented, you can save seed,”according to Gettes who says, “peas, tomatoes, eggplant and lettuce are among the crops that make for easy seed saving.”

A great idea is to start a seed swap in your own community where local gardeners get together to swap seed and stories. Here in our own town, there is great one you can use as your model.  Who needs corporate agriculture’s biotech and toxins anyway? So get busy, join the heirloom seed movement and start collecting those seeds.

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