Podcast on the Importance of Growing Heirloom Plants in Your Garden
I'm cross-posting our new podcast with Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to bring it to the attention of this Group, as it's particularly relevant to those interested in backyard gardening.
Preserving heirloom strains and expanding their use among small farmers and backyard gardeners is important for many reasons, including:
- reducing the impact of a large monocrop failure (heirloom strains presever genetics diversity)
- preserving natural food plant strains (a growing number of GMO foods have DNA not just from other plants in them, but from animals, too)
- keeping public access to seed stocks (the "growing rights" to many GMO seeds are locked up by large & litigious corporations)
- growing vegetables affordably (Big Ag practices has been driving up the price of basic foods)
- healty eating (many of these heirloom varieties are packed with more nutrients that the monocrop produce found in grocery stores)
- sustainable farming (these seeds can be grown without the heavy chemical and fossil inputs Big Ag uses)
- preserving history (many heirloom strains have truly fascinating backstories)
In this podcast, we discuss the origins of heirloom seed preservation, the dangers of GMOs, the importance of seed saving and seed swapping among small farmers, and how the interested backyard gardener can participate in keeping these old and fascinating heirloom strains alive.
Click here to listen to the podcast.