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Continued: Seed Savers preserves plants of the past

  • Article by: CINDY HOEDEL , Kansas City Star
  • Last update: June 29, 2013 - 4:56 PM

Currently the organization counts 13,000 members in all 50 states and 40 countries. Membership costs $40 per year and includes a copy of the yearbook and other publications relating to gardening and seed saving. The 2013 yearbook lists 12,495 different varieties of heirloom vegetables and plants offered by 694 member growers. It includes 4,749 varieties of tomatoes, 875 types of peppers and 1,553 beans. The organization also provides monthly webinars at seedsavers.org that teach techniques for gathering and storing seeds.

“We did not just save the seeds,” Ott Whealy said. “We gave people back the knowledge about how to save the seeds that had been lost.”









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  • growing a tradition: Grant Olson planted lupine in Diane’s Garden at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. The garden is named after co-founder Diane Ott Whealy. At left is a lettuce variety called “feuille de chene.”

  • Apple 324, a Brown Sweet apple tree, is one of the 550 varieties of apple trees grown by Seed Savers in Decorah, Iowa.

  • Lettuce of the Feuille de Chene variety is grown and displayed at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT)

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