Can We Live in the Moment and also Lose Ourselves in Seed Catalogs?
We don't know how the great spiritual masters would answer that question but we don't see any harm in garden planning in December! The array of flower and vegetable seeds available to us is incredible and the potential for food, fiber, beauty and wildlife benefit contained in each seed is incomprehensible. To do justice to this, we must start now!
Just a couple of days ago we received our first seed catalog of the 2009 growing season - this one from Seed Savers Exchange which is "a non-profit organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds or our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations. When people grow and save seeds, they join an ancient tradition as stewards, nurturing our diverse, fragile, genetic and cultural heritage" - quoted from their website.
We are anticipating a couple of other favorites too:
Seeds of Change is a company whose mission is "to preserve biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic agriculture. By cultivating and disseminating an extensive range of organically grown vegetable, flower, herb and cover crop seeds" - quoted from their website.
Native Seeds/SEARCH is a group which "works to conserve, distribute and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seed, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico" - quoted from their website.
The thread running through seed providers such as these is the acknowledged necessity to save the vibrancy of humanities agricultural heritage, share it with everyone and pass it along to those who follow.
We like that theme. See below for links to order or view an online catalog:
Seeds of Change catalog
Seed Savers Exchange catalog
Native Seeds/SEARCH catalog