Posted on May 2, 2014, updated May 2, 2014
After I had been casually gardening for many years on and off I wanted to grow food, not just have a garden. I started growing every season. I wanted to save my own seeds. I wanted more consistency and was tired of buying seeds all the time.
That started my obsession with seed saving and growing only Heirloom and Open pollinated varieties. I had learned you can’t save seeds from hybrids or genetically modified plants and most all sold in stores are not grown organically. The only way to insure I could get organically grown plants and save my own seeds was to do it myself.
The search for Heirloom/OP/Organic plants was impossible, but I did find seeds. The ones I found were online from companies I found in the mid-west and north-east areas. Through more research I learned Heirloom varieties are adaptable to new climates and areas. That meant over time these varieties will become stronger and more resistant to pests and diseases in my area. So I picked my favorites and started growing! Those which seemed to do well I continue to grow season after season and save the seeds.
Over the years I have been expanding my collection and consigning other local growers to grow more and more varieties.
My goal is to have a diversified collection of adaptable varieties for Florida and similar climates to offer in my catalog.
The more I learn about the food grown today, the more I realize how important growing Heirloom/Op varieties and saving seed is. Heirlooms are proven to taste better and have higher concentrations of vitamins and nutrients. It is the only way to have a secure food source, eat the best possible tasting and nutritious vegetables and maintain diversity in our food.
I signed the “Safe Seed Pledge” On May 2nd, 2014, fbvg changed the rating from to positive and added the following: