Friday, March 15, 2013

Seeds to Grow: Spring Fundraiser


It all starts with a seed...

Mindful Mothers is happy to promote home gardening with our kids by offering these unique heirloom seeds from The Seed Savers Exchange. Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving our diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.” In other words, they collect, sell and propagate seed varieties that could be lost because they are not the (very limited) ones that are grown commercially on a large scale and thus found in supermarkets.

For every $10 collection of seeds purchased, $4.00 is donated to Mindful Mothers! The other $6.00 goes to the ongoing preservation work at Heritage Farm.

"The SEEDS TO GROW fundraising program benefits [Mindful Mothers] and the gardening public by promoting heirloom gardening and healthy eating.

"The market for heirloom seed has expanded as millions of gardeners break ground every year. The topic of food - how its grown and prepared, who grows it, and its connections to wellness - is foremost in many peoples minds.

"Selling heirloom seeds can cultivate curiosity in gardening, history, nutrition, biodiversity, organics, and the culinary arts. The education possibilities are endless."



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A few reasons why we love SSE:
- All of their seeds are heirloom, non-GMO, open pollinated, and many are certified organic.
- At the heart of Seed Savers Exchange are dedicated members who have distributed hundreds of thousands of heirloom and open pollinated garden seeds. 
- Seed Savers Exchange collection started when the founders terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott's morning glory and German Pink tomato. Grandpa Ott's parents brought the seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated 1870s.


- In addition to preserving seeds, they preserve stories thereby preserving our cultural and historic roots as well. Here are a few great examples from their catalog:
  • “Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon: Has enchanted melon fanciers for centuries; gives off an unforgettable perfume. Victorian women carried these tiny melons in their pockets in the days before aerosol deodorants."
  • “Cheyenne Bush Pumpkins: Very early pumpkin adapted to the Great Plains. Developed from a cross of Cocozelle and New England Pie by the USDA Field Station in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1943.”
  • “Spinning Gourd: Sent to SSE by member Junior Gardener from Hickman County in Tennessee. Years ago children would carry these gourds in their pockets to play with at school where they would spin them on their desks. Hard shelled when dried, great ornamental.”
  • "Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Bean: Given to SSE in 1977 by the late Dr. John Wyche, SSE member from Hugo, Oklahoma. Dr. Wyche’s Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-1839), leaving a trail of 4,000 graves. Green 6 inch pods with purple overlay, shiny jet-black seeds."
To see the six seed collections available, or to place an order, go to our Support Page by clicking here!