Monsanto vs. the Seed Savers

Since the dawn of agriculture, farmers and gardeners have been saving seed. Now this fundamental human activity is being threatened by Monsanto and its genetically modified seed. In areas where GM corn and sugar beets are grown, farmers and gardeners who grow open pollinated varieties of corn and beets run the risk of cross pollination with GM varieties nearby. This means these growers can no longer save their seed because it may be contaminated with the genetics of the GM varieties. To add insult to injury, Monsanto has even sued farmers, whose seed has inadvertently been contaminated, with patent infringement. Continue reading

Seed Catalog Season

It’s a brisk 16 degrees here today, the perfect kind of day for staying inside with a pile of seed catalogs. I’ve been studying them all and making lists for the past two weeks. This weekend I got all my seeds organized and inventoried, narrowed down my shopping list, and placed my orders.

Here are a few of my favorite catalogs:  Continue reading