We are perhaps the smallest “seed business” around! With that said, let me introduce ourselves. My husband, Will, and I have been homesteaders for a lifetime and have always been interested in saving open pollinated seeds as a continuation of our self-reliant lifestyle. Many of you will recognize me (Jackie Clay-Atkinson) from my articles in Backwoods Home Magazine, a magazine supporting a self-reliant lifestyle, and my blog on the magazine’s website, HOMESTEADING WITH JACKIE CLAY. My husband and I have been especially interested in preserving heritage open pollinated seeds which have been around for a long, long time and are often in danger of becoming extinct as commercial hybrids continually take their place.
However, these hybrids often have been developed for commercial growing, having traits such as good shipping ability, ripening all at once or appearance on store shelves. They do not have the complex and wonderful flavors of old-time open pollinated varieties that have been around so long because of great traits. Some are Native American crops. Others were family favorites, brought to this country by immigrants from many different countries throughout the centuries.
All open pollinated crops are not old; some have been recently developed by seed savers and even hobby gardeners. But both heritage seeds and modern open pollinated varieties allow folks to save their own seeds, saving both lots of money and these great crops.
So we save seeds, by hand, from crops we’ve found to be not only tasty but usually beautiful and very productive. If they don’t taste good, they don’t get raised on our Northern Minnesota 120 acre wilderness homestead. And if they don’t produce extremely well and taste good, they don’t come back. And living in Zone 3, we only choose very hardy varieties that will grow almost anywhere.
Be assured that any seeds you buy from us will produce well, filling your table and pantry with tasty food. We, ourselves, plant, harvest and collect the seeds from each crop. We DO NOT offer any treated or GMO seeds. We garden organically, with no use of chemicals although we have not become certified because of all the hoops involved.
We homestead and garden for the joy and intense sense of security it gives us and hope you enjoy the variety, production, taste and beauty of our crops which our seeds produce.
Please click on “seed catalog” in black bar at top to view what we have to offer this year! And I promise you there’s a lot more to look at for 2017. Thanks for coming.