Seeds: Unlocking Heirloom Secrets

We love gardening, and we love the act of saving seeds, but beyond a pastime and a hobby, this act of saving seeds has a lasting impact on agriculture and the food system at large. At Roxanne's Dried Flowers, we source our seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange because we wholeheartedly support their mission to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. To contribute to this mission, you can do your part to garden and save seeds. Start with any of the organic varieties in our collection at the shop, and then we recommend The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds for an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to preserving your garden's bounty and diversity.

To reiterate the greater good of saving seeds, we loved this note from the Seed Savers Exchange and wanted to share it with you, our fellow gardeners and nature lovers:

Spring is a time for new beginnings and planting seeds for the year’s harvest. We’re opening up our greenhouses and starting seeds that will be grown in 2015. It is a time of measured hope at Seed Savers Exchange’s Heritage Farm.

Most home gardeners, and virtually all commercial seed companies, grow varieties of vegetables that will taste delicious and produce bountiful crops. At Seed Savers Exchange, we’re planning a very different harvest.

Some of the seeds we sow will turn into crops that are susceptible to disease. Some will yiled fruit that tastes bitter raw. Some plants will barely ripen by the time the frost hits our farm. While we will produce some wonderfully healthy plants with delicious fruit, we also grow the varieties that were rejected by seed companies in years past. They don’t appear in our catalog, but it is part of our mission to keep these varieties alive so traditional plant breeders and seed savers can unlock their secrets in future gardens.

The seeds from a tomato susceptible to disease today might survive in the arid climate of California 10 years from now. The fruit that is bitter might simply require the right recipe. The long-season plants with which we struggle today may be the best for southern climates.

Seed Savers Exchange protects these varieties of heirlooms because their value may yet to be discovered, and diversity is always an asset. Your support keeps this work alive!

-The Seed Savers Exchange