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Saturdays in the Garden: Completing Tomato Seed Saving

Don’t you wonder who the first person was to discover that letting something sit and ferment can be a good thing?  Even for organic gardening, where it’s common to play in the dirt and appreciate microorganisms, this seed saving method seems pretty gross. We told you last week about our beginning efforts to save tomato […]

Continue Reading By on September 13, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic, seeds
preparing tomato seeds for fermenting and saving

Saturdays in the Garden: Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Are you saving your own garden seeds for next year?  It’s fun to try, even if you plan on purchasing seeds from an heirloom seed company, as well.  We’ve been pleased with the flavor of the Brandywine and Yellow bell varieties we’ve grown this summer, so we wanted to save some seeds. The process of […]

Continue Reading By on September 6, 2014 in agriculture, food, gardening, green, organic, pioneer, seeds

Favorite Quote on Heirloom Seeds

Are you and your children planting a garden this summer?  Even if you grow one vegetable together or try the simple activity of showing how a bean sprouts, you may be planting a seed deeper than you realize.  Here’s our favorite quote from the little boy who grew up to create one of the world’s […]

Continue Reading By on June 18, 2014 in gardening, heirloom, seeds

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Farmers vs Monsanto Food Fight

Family farmers and seed growers are disappointed in the United States Supreme Court’s decision to not hear landmark case Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v Monsanto.  The organic and non-GMO farmers feel their concerns about defending themselves from genetically modified organism crop contamination should be heard.  Their case also states concerns about the […]

Continue Reading By on January 16, 2014 in agriculture, farm, food, plants, seeds, Uncategorized

Interview with Baker Creek Seed Founder Jere Gettle

His employees were busy filling early Spring 2013 seed orders, and he was overseeing a major garden renovation at his company’s Ozarks headquarters.  But Baker Creek Seed founder Jere Gettle still graciously set a few minutes aside to speak with FlourSackMama.com about gardening, seeds and the pure food movement.  Here’s what he had to say:

Continue Reading By on March 28, 2013 in agriculture, farming, GMO, seeds

Ozarks Family Nurtures Heirloom Seed Heritage

Debbie GettleMother of Baker Creek Seed founder Jere Gettle The aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and yeast bread loaves filled the air at the Baker Creek Flour Mill when our family stopped by for a visit.  Debbie Gettle was behind the counter where she’s well-known for her baked goods.  “It’s an old, natural way […]

Continue Reading By on March 27, 2013 in agriculture, family, farming, garden, heirloom, Ozarks, seeds

Visiting Bakersville Pioneer Village

We crossed Baker Creek or its tributary three different times along the dirt road drive to the old Rippee homestead.  At first, Bakersville looked like any other busy farm that happened to preserve several wooden barns.  Up close, more details likened it to the popular Silver Dollar City attraction just a few miles away in […]

Continue Reading By on March 25, 2013 in agriculture, eating better, farm, food, garden, heirloom, Midwest, Ozarks, seeds

Burpee Responds about Mold on Pots

I’ve received a response from the Burpee company about the white mold I discovered growing on my little seed starting pots.  I told you previously how white mold had started growing on 20 of the little plant fiber pots within about 24 hours of transplanting seedlings into them. Here’s what Burpee’s Horticulture Specialist, Nancy, said […]

Continue Reading By on May 6, 2012 in garden, seeds

Growing Seeds & Killing Thyme

Oregano Survived the WinterI We’ve scratched the warming outdoor soil to plant our spinach this past week.  Then got a gentle rain to help it along.  I’ve been admiring the little terrace garden, while waiting to have starter plants big enough to bring outdoors. I found the courage to mix up the fish emulsion and fed […]

Continue Reading By on March 19, 2011 in garden, seeds