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
Vegetables at a village market
Heirloom and Landrace Garden Seeds Basswood has collected on his trip
Heirloom and Landrace Garden Seeds Basswood has collected on his trip

 

Basswood feels that to start a good landrace garden one needs to start with as much diversity in genetics as possible in the seeds that you start with. Basswood spent last fall searching the internet for different heirloom and landrace seed companies.  Seed Companies

Diverse landrace fava beans
Diverse landrace fava beans

Then he decided to collect seeds as he hiked around Central America over the winter.  Basswood could not pass up the opportunity to collect landrace seeds from the wild plants he found growing in the mountains.

Finding wild beans
Finding wild beans

 

Shelling wild beans
Shelling wild beans

 

Seeds from a squash growing seven feet up into a tree.
Seeds from a squash growing seven feet up into a tree.

 

Now that Basswood is home we have been soaking and planting genetically diverse landrace peas and favas.  (It is still too cold to plant much else here in northern Minnesota.)  We hope that you will follow our blog as we start landrace gardens that will be adapted for northern Minnesota here at Garden Seeds this year.

 

 

Look at Garden Seeds' photo pages for more of Basswood's pictures.     Pictures of heirloom and landrace garden seeds.