|Baker Creek Headquarters in Mansfield, Missouri|
Seed company founder Jere Gettle is a seed enthusiast and educator first, businessman second, although growing interest in what Gettle calls the “pure food” movement has been central to his business success. His entrepreneurism germinated from a sincere interest in the origins of food and in preserving that wealth of knowledge for future generations. He might just sell more heirloom tomato seeds than any other businessman these days, but Gettle’s full-color seed catalog includes a tutorial on exactly how to save your own tomato seeds for next year’s garden. Children up to 16 are still admitted free to the popular spring planting festival because of Baker Creek’s emphasis on education.
|Rodney Durrenberger packs cucumber seeds.|