Cultivating History Part 1: Full Circle’s Heirloom Cultivation
Through the quiet and rainy months of winter we study. We make many seed wish lists. Our most prized seeds are those that are open-pollinated, organic heirloom varieties that will undoubtedly inspire us as farmers, gardeners and eaters. By the end of March and early April these lists become reality.
When the seeds arrive we recognize them as old and unique legacies. They speak long traditions and stories. In choosing these seeds over the non-organic, GMO, tasteless, varieties, we renew our commitment that we will continue to protect our agricultural heritage for future generations.
This year our boys Clare and Miles, ages 5 and 7 respectively, got in the mix and shared their collection from our favorite organization, Seed Savers Exchange. Founded in 1975 with the mission of maintaining one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in North America, Seed Savers Exchange facilitates the collection and sale of open-pollinated, heirloom seeds.
Strawberry Crown Winter Squash, Tennis Ball Lettuce, Black Sea Man Tomatoes and Sweet Blue Jade Corn are among the heirloom seeds chosen to add history and character to our fields. Heirloom seeds represent a time and place of geography and culture. They are there for us to learn from—and what better way to engage with the past than in the growing of heritage food?
At Full Circle’s farms we always do our best to grow with love and care. With the help of mother nature we’ll grow certified organic, open pollinated, fruits and vegetables, as well as many other wonderful descendants of the old world. We hope you will not only enjoy this healthy nutrition, but also be transformed by knowing you played a role in cultivating our shared agricultural heritage.
Learn more about these amazing varieties next week in Part 2, some of which have come halfway around the world to be cultivated and saved here in the Northwest.
What Heirloom varieties do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments.