Category: Landrace Seeds

Landrace and Heirloom Seed Companies

Each month we here at GardenSeeds.org try to promote a Landrace and/or Heirloom Seed Company.  We do not go about this in any scientific way we just pick one that interest us.  If you would like to recommend a seed company to be featured please contact us. We usually try and blog about our featured Heirloom Seed Company to draw more attention to them, but I have been kind of lazy the last few months.  Read More …

Landrace and Heirloom Seed Companies

Garden Seeds features landrace and heirloom seed companies as a way to promote the use of landrace and heirloom garden seeds.  We believe individuals and small seed companies saving and sharing seeds is an indispensable link in the chain of food security.  If everyone got their seed from one company and something happened to their seed crop there would be a famine.  There would also be famine if a crop was attacked by a disease Read More …

How is Basswood?

How is Basswood? That is the question that was weighing heavily on my mind all day yesterday. I woke up early this morning to check for messages and there were none…   Two days ago Basswood called first thing in the morning to talk with me, usually he messages on Facebook. He only calls when it is someone’s birthday or a special holiday. Yesterday was neither, so I knew it must be important. I got Read More …

From Seed to Shining Seed

They wrote an article about Basswood in the local newspaper entitled From Seed to Shining Seed.  It tells how he is out to see the world by hitchhiking or taking buses.  The article tells how Basswood meets people to learn about their way of life.  “’When he works for room and board, he is really there for a free education,” Scot said. “Many people actually pay permaculture farms for the privilege of working on them Read More …

Garden Medicinals and Culinaries featured for December

I am so excited.  We received our first heirloom seed catalog for 2017.  I opened the mailbox a couple of days ago and there it was…  A beautiful color catalog from Seed Savers Exchange.  Their 2017 seed catalog of heirloom, untreated, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds.  Outside right now it is cold with snow on the ground.  These seed catalogs that we receive help me remember the warm summer days that I worked outside in our heirloom Read More …

Basswood and his Landrace Seeds

Basswood searches the internet for seed companies that sell heirloom and landrace seeds.  On his Central American trips he meets farmers at the market and asks them about the beans they are selling to see if he can collect them for seeds.  Last summer it rained so often that most things did not grow well.  The exception to that was a couple of landrace varieties of beans that were grown by native tribes in the Read More …

Garden Seeds Website is One Year Old

It is hard to believe that I have been working on this website for a year now.  Our goal for the first year was to get people talking about and using landrace garden seeds with natural landrace gardening methods.  Basswood went down to Guatemala last winter to meet the local people and to learn their gardening techniques.  He also found varieties of heirloom and landrace seeds that he brought back and we grew out in Read More …

Landrace Honey Bee project Update

Basswood wants to develop a landrace of corn, a landrace of fava beans, and a landrace of string beans.  I am excited about helping him develop each of these landrace varieties but my passion is to develop a landrace of honey bees that can survive in Northern Minnesota. I explained on the landrace seeds page that local bee keepers kill their bees each year and buy new ones in the spring because the honey required Read More …

Working in Our Landrace Gardens

It has been a while since I took the time to post.  Basswood and I worked hard this summer planting our landrace gardens.  We also planted more than two hundred and fifty trees and a few hundred tree seeds in our food forests.  Basswood’s little sister helped him plant the fava bean seeds he collected on his Guatemala trip last winter.  We are trying to develop different landraces of fava beans, corn, squash, runner beans, Read More …

Finding Landrace Seeds in Guatemala

Basswood hiked up into the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala this past winter looking for heirloom and landrace seeds. He would visit the markets of mountain villages he stayed in.  At the markets, he not only bought food, he would buy seeds he wanted to try growing in Garden Seeds’ landrace gardens.  Landrace Gardening Vegetables at a village market Heirloom and Landrace Garden Seeds Basswood has collected on his trip   Basswood feels that to Read More …