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Raw and Cleaned Carrot Seed

The Carrot’s Odyssey

Ellen once again shows her agricultural research on the travels and history of carrots. We love these types of articles, packed with information and education, as they really show just how rich our culinary world is today, gives hints and history of where they originated or traveled on their journey to where we find these [...]

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A Short History of Beans

Ellen has been busy learning about what a family run seed company is like with packing seeds, pulling orders and helping us prepare for “seed season.” She has also been engaged in learning and writing about the varied history of several varieties of seeds and their uses. Today we share her article about beans with [...]

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Benefits of Heirloom Seeds vs GMO Seeds Video

What’s Up with Our Seeds? Heirloom Seeds vs GMO Seeds Stephen did a presentation for the GMO Free Prescott group at One Root, a local apothecary and herbothecary on the state of our seeds and what the benefits are for the home gardener. After introductions and going over some foundational definitions, the main topic was [...]

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Simran Sethi on Seeds

Seeds – Getting Their Due Recognition

Seeds – The Buried Beginnings of Food “Seeds hold the potential for everything, the beginning and the end and the beginning all over again. Seeds are the building blocks of every meal we eat; all our fruits and vegetables, all our grains, plus the meat and milk that’s raised on grass and grain.” Simran Sethi [...]

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Morning Glory

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

One hundred years ago, the name Luther Burbank was instantly recognized in a way that we are not familiar with today. Beginning in 1873 and continuing until 1932, 6 years after his death, more than 800 new varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers, nuts and grains were bred, stabilized and introduced by him. He was much [...]

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San Marzano Tomatoes

World Famous San Marzano Tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes are world-famous with a long and storied history as the absolute best plum tomato for sauce and pizza. They are also excellent for canning, peeling and drying. Chefs worldwide prefer this variety to all others for making their signature sauces, and it is the only tomato that is acceptable for making true [...]

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Hand Packing Heirloom Seed

New Heirloom Seed Arriving!

The holidays come early when you work with heirloom seeds, as shipments from growers start arriving in early November and continue as the seeds are harvested, cleaned, dried and shipped to us for packing. Some of our seeds arrive in cloth bags with hand-written variety descriptions on them, others arrive in large paper bags tied [...]

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Caretakers of the Seed

Caretakers of the Seeds

We do not own the seeds we sell; we are simply caretakers of the seedstock, maintaining genetic purity, quality and viability while they are in our care. These seeds – all of them – belong to humanity. They are what have kept us alive for the past 12,000 to 15,000 years once the human race [...]

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Heirloom Sweet Corn

Heirloom Corn History

May is the time of year to think about planting heirloom corn. A direct-sow crop, it must not be planted too early as it needs warm soil. To continue with our historical heirloom history, below is an excerpt on Sweet Corn from the 1884 “How The Farm Pays – The Experiences of Forty Years of [...]

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Heirloom Peas

The History of Heirloom Peas

Heirloom Peas Have a Long History Heirloom peas or garden peas originated in middle Asia, from northwest India through Afghanistan and adjacent areas. A second area of development lies in the Near East, and a third includes the plateau and mountains of Ethiopia. In these areas wild field peas have been found, along with many [...]

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