|Bakersville Pioneer Village
Founder of Baker Creek Seed Company
Gettle is a 15-year veteran of the heirloom seed business, arguably the most successful heirloom seed mogul of our time. His company says it now sends out 350,000 seed catalogs a year. A couple of minutes before our interview, employees walked by with arms stacked high with paperwork, and someone noted that was just that day’s seed orders. Gettle opened the popular Seed Bank in Petaluma, California and purchased Connecticut’s historic Comstock, Ferre and Company in 2010 in the effort to restore it.
Yet, when I asked Gettle the best part of what he does, he didn’t talk about entrepreneurship or his company’s growing market influence that spans from coast to coast. Instead, he answered, “One of the things is just being able to re-find seeds for people that are looking for seeds that might have been in their family or in their culture. Finding something they might have not seen in the last 30 or 40 years and listing it and offering it back to people that are looking for seeds. And also just offering unique varieties from so many different cultures and so many different places being able to try them and grow them and get them back into circulation and educate people about and learn for your yourself the history of these seeds.”
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