I love Baker Creek heirloom seed company. The owner, Jere Gettle, has always had a passion for growing things, and so in 1998, at the age of 17, he printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog. The company has grown to offer nearly 2,000 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs—the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the USA.
Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage.
Jere and Emilee also work extensively to supply free seeds to many of the world’s
poorest countries, as well as here at home in school gardens and other educational projects.
It is their goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-
altered frankenfood and the companies that support it. They took the
Safe Seed Pledge:
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats…”
This pledge was signed by them, and by other companies that are concerned about this issue.
You can order a copy of their Whole Seed Catalog here.
Also, check out their very helpful growing guide.
In June 2010, Baker Creek purchased Comstock, Ferre & Co , an heirloom seed company located in Connecticut, so as to preserve its agricultural heritage and heirloom seed varieties. Comstock Ferre & Co has been providing heirloom seeds since 1811!
And as a beloved member of the Baker Creek David tribe, David “Dave” Leroy Kaiser said: “Good seeds leads to good produce which leads to good health. That’s what it’s all about!”