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Episode-1152- Jere Gettle of Baker Creek on Heirloom Seeds

Jere Gettle - Founder of Baker Creek Seeds

Jere Gettle – Founder of Baker Creek Seeds

Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things.  With the help of his parents, he planted his first garden at age 3 and became enchanted by the possibilities of what could be created with seeds, sunshine, and soil.  He began saving, collecting, and trading  seeds.  By age 13, preserving historical varieties had become his mission in life.

At the age of 17, he printed the first small Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog in 1998

His little homestead near Mansfield, Missouri, now includes an impressive seed store, 2 huge warehouses for storing and packing seeds, multiple trial gardens, and an entire pioneer village consisting of a vegan restaurant, general mercantile, apothecary, flour mill bakery, blacksmith shop, outdoor stone oven and multiple music stages that serve as locations for traditional music during the monthly heritage festivals and huge Spring Planting Festival in May.

The Gettle Family with a Melon Harvest

The Gettle Family with a Melon Harvest

Over the last several years, Jere and his wife Emilee have branched out into other related projects as well, including the nationally distributed Heirloom Gardener magazine, which is now in its 9th year of publication.  They have also expanded to a location in Petaluma, California, with their Seed Bank, a beautiful historic bank building that houses their Baker Creek retail seed operation.

The Gettle’s also  purchased and are working to restore and preserve Comstock, Ferre & Company, the oldest continuously operating seed company in New England.  They have recently published 2 books:  a general gardening book entitled The Heirloom Life Gardener and The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook.

Jere and Emilee 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.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1054- The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn't Mystical

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn’t Mystical

I was talking with Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design yesterday about how more and more small seed companies are now buying at least some seed from companies associated with the ilk of Monsanto.

Ben was pretty shocked to hear the Johnny’s Selected Seeds is buying some of their seeds from Semanis, which is owned by Monsanto.

There is a lot of fear about GMO contamination both legitimate and ridiculous specifically when the word Monsanto comes up.

The best solution is to save your own seeds but we are going to also discuss how to know who you can trust when buying seeds and times where you simply do not have to worry about GMO at all.

Join me today to hear about…

  • What is “the safe seed pledge” and why should you care
  • Why we need to be saving seeds in the first place
  • Breeding improvements vs. hybrids vs. GMO (all three are different)
  • Exchanging seeds – a great form of barter
  • The easy plants to save seed from – beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes
  • Separation rules – why they exist and not stressing them
  • Staggering pollination times to create effective separation
  • Herbs and unusual plants are often easy to save for and over looked
  • Storing your seeds once they are harvested (is cold storage a good idea)
  • How to clean your seeds, what you need, what you don’t need
  • Growing your own hybrids – hybrids are not always bad
  • How to hand pollinate and ensure purity with squashes and melons, etc
  • Saving root crops like garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes for replanting
  • The rewards of regionally adapted plants
  • Breeding for any and all traits, it really isn’t hard

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-974- Stephen Scott from Terroir Seeds

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Stephen Scott is co-owner of Terroir Seeds along with his wife Cindy.  Terroir is a family owned and operated heirloom seed company that focuses on the “Cycle of Terroir” defined as “from the soil, to the seed, to the food you eat”.  Terroir seeds provides unique varieties of heirloom seeds, education and information for all phases of the “Terroir Cycle”.

Stephen has a business background, from management of a nationally known rental car agency to warranty administrator for a local car dealership. He is an acknowledged chili-head who loves the hotter side of things and loves to cook.

He feels one of the biggest appeals of the garden and growing is to supply the freshest ingredients for the meals! He has a large interest in self sustainability and resiliency- being able to do and produce most of what one needs, and building a strong community of local food producers.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-943- Tim Ammons of Oleo Acres Farm

Curing Meat the Old Fashioned Way at Oleo Acres Farm

Curing Meat the Old Fashioned Way at Oleo Acres Farm

Tim Ammons runs Oleo Acres farm a self sustaining farm that teaches individuals the old fashioned way of being “Green”.  He joins us today to discuss self sustainable living and farming as a way to support family and community.

On his 20 acre farm in Tennessee Tim still practices many techniques and skills that have largely been lost.  Such as the growing of 7 very old heirloom varieties of sorghum which are then converted into sorghum syrup using old methods.  At one time sorghum syrup was the most common sweetener in the US, Tim is still growing it and making it the old fashioned way.

He is also a big time gardener with may tips and tricks developed over almost 40 years of gardening and farming.  He will teach us today about timing your plantings, companion and succession planting and even a great, simple and completely organic way to combat the dreaded squash bug, which is public garden enemy number one for much of the TSP audience.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Sources for Several Varieties of Sorghum We Discussed Today and Some of My Other Favorites

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Episode-614- Seed Saving, Seed Banks & Seed Storage

Photo credit to tonrulkens

So yesterday I did a show one could only call alarming about GMOs and the problems they are creating for society in the name of science and supposedly feeding the world.  Though one wonders how putting round up resistant bent grass on golf courses will fee anything?

Today true to the TSP mission I turn to one of the personal solutions to this problem, preserving the genetic diversity of our existing seed stocks.

There is also a ton of confusion in the seed marketplace today about exactly what a GMO is, what a hybrid is and what an “heirloom” seed is.  Without an understanding of this you are vulnerable to a lot of misinformation campaigns designed to sell you things you don’t need or keep you from using some seeds that may really be beneficial to you.

For instance some hybrids may be resistant to a disease that is rampant in your region or allow you to get an earlier start in a region with a short growing season.  Additionally you do want to avoid GMOs and GMO containing foods whenever you can but the risk to seeds used by home gardeners at this time is greatly over exaggerated by those with something to sell you.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Understanding Seed Storage and Seed Types
    • What is a GMO vs. what is a hybrid
    • What is an heirloom vs. what is an open pollinated variety
    • What is the purpose of a commercial seed bank, the positives and negatives
    • Do seeds ever “go bad” or is it not quite that simple
    • What are the enemies to a seeds vitality, what makes for good storage
  • Saving You Own Seeds
    • Selecting fruit/seeds for saving
    • Separation distances and cross pollination
    • Succession planting to avoid cross pollination/hybrid crossing
    • Manual pollination and isolation to ensure purity
    • Resource for specific seed types
  • Building Personal Seed Vaults
    • Remember the enemies of seed storage (light, heat, moisture)
    • Oxygen free is NOT the way to be
    • Ziplock vs. mylar vs. containers vs. envelopes
    • Consider how long you really need to store seeds
    • Focus on what grows fast and what provides calories
    • Remember some seeds are food and some food is seed
    • Buying seeds is a good investment – Start with out supporters
    • Trading is another great way to add stock and diversity (local rocks)
    • Why you should join Seed Savers Exchange

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Emergency Seed Banks and Open Pollinated vs Hybrid vs GMO

In this video I don’t just review the emergency seed bank from Directive21.com I dispel many myths about GMOs vs. Hybrid Variety seeds.  Emergency seed vaults are in my view an outstanding addition to your long term preps but the hype in the emergency seed industry is really misleading.  Tune into this video for hard and somewhat harsh facts about emergency seed products and the real reasons to invest in them vs. the fear based marketing of many other manufactures.

Having seeds is a vital part of preparation and survival. One really great seed bank is the seed bank that comes with 37,000 seeds or 1.4 Lbs of Non-Hybrid seeds, sealed in an airtight military grade Seed Vault from Directive21.com  You can find this seed bank at www.directive21.com/emergencyseedbank.html

The Seed Bank Contains

  • Beans, Kentucky Wonder brown Pole – 580 seeds
  • Beets, Detroit Dark Red – 1350 Seeds
  • Broccoli, Waltham 29 -­ 950 Seeds
  • Cabbage, Golden Acre – 3100 Seeds
  • Cantaloupe, Hale’s Best – 250 Seeds
  • Carrot, Scarlet Nantes – 10330 Seeds
  • Corn, Golden Bantam – 675 Seeds
  • Cucumber, Straight 8 – 460 Seeds
  • Onion, Utah Sweet Spanish – 4200 Seeds
  • Pea, Lincoln – 640 Seeds
  • Pepper, Yolo Wonder – 1250 Seeds
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale Longstanding – 800 Seeds
  • Squash Zucchini, Black Beauty – 130 seeds
  • Swiss Chard, Lucullus – 870 Seeds
  • Tomato, Rutgers – 1750 Seeds
  • Parsnip, Harris Model – 1250 Seeds
  • Winter Squash, Waltham Butternut – 260 Seeds
  • Winter Squash, Pink Banana Jumbo – 45 Seeds
  • Radish, Champion – 1420 Seeds
  • Lettuce Leaf, Black Seeded Simpson – 3000 Seeds
  • Lettuce Romaine, Paris Island – 3000 Seeds
  • Pepper, Jalapeno – 1500 Seeds
  • Watermelon, Crimson Sweet Jumbo – 185 Seeds
  • (Seed counts are approximate based on weight)

Episode-524- Developing Personal Seed Vaults

Governments, corporations and international organizations are all developing “seed vaults” for many reasons.  One is that seeds in and of themselves are life, they feed us and they are the way species of plants survive and continue to propagate themselves.  Second while telling us that GMO crops are safe, they are acutely aware of the damage potential they pose and the potential for entire varieties of plants to be wiped out by cross pollination with GMO based crops.  Third due to monopolization and marketing by seed companies many varieties are simply no longer being grown and due to that the variety is in danger of extinction and forever being lost to history.  Fourth seeds are the ability to produce food and energy and energy and food are forms of wealth.

Join me today as I discuss….

  • The why behind personal seed vaults
  • How seeds are first order wealth that can produce second order wealth
  • Some seeds are food and some foods are seed
  • Tiny seeds equal massive storage potential
  • Buying seeds at the end of the season (yes but)
  • Rotational planting varieties to keep fresh stock
  • Developing stocks of “wild seed”
  • The enemies of seed (light, moisture, heat)
  • Rice is a cheap and effective desiccant
  • Understanding “germination rates”
  • Getting seeds in exchanges
  • Learning more about saving seeds
  • Open pollination vs heirloom vs hybrid vs GMO
  • Planting on foreign soil (guerrilla and borrowed land)

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air

Episode-406- Saving Seeds the How and Why

Since we just completed a show on starting plants out right yesterday I figured we would jump to the other end of the life cycle and discuss seed saving today.  Saving seeds isn’t hard, it is in fact one of mankind’s oldest skills but there are some things to understand and rules to follow.

Join me today to hear about…

  • Why we need to be saving seeds in the first place
  • Breeding improvements vs. hybrids vs. GMO (they are all different)
  • Exchanging seeds – a great form of barter
  • The easy plants to save seed from – beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes
  • Separation rules – why they exist and not stressing them
  • Staggering pollination times to create effective separation
  • Herbs and unusual plants are often easy to save for and over looked
  • Storing your seeds once they are harvested
  • Growing your own hybrids – hybrids are not always bad
  • How to hand pollinate and ensure purity with squashes and melons, etc
  • The rewards of regionally adapted plants
  • Breeding for any and all traits, it really isn’t hard

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.