Saving Seeds for a Bountiful Harvest

How to Save Seeds for a Bountiful Harvest

Cultivated at the Ozarks farm of Jere and Emilee Gettle—along with a brilliant array of vegetables, fruits, and flowers—is an appreciation for nutritious food grown according to time-honored methods. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, the heart of this 176-acre historic homestead, sells thousands of rare varieties from the nineteenth century. In their first book, [amazon_textlink asin=’1401324398′ text=’The Heirloom Life Gardener‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’victoriamag-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1c9dfc17-261a-4c0a-8aa8-f6d117defaf9′] (Hachette Books, 2015), the Gettles offer guidance on saving seeds—a cost-efficient practice they say fosters connections to agricultural heritage, helps maintain crop diversity, and creates unique strains ideally suited to local conditions. In this excerpt, Jere and Emilee share tips for success.

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