Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, Decorah

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Seed Savers Exchange was founded in Missouri in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy. Diane's grandfather entrusted to them the seeds of two garden plants, ‘Grandpa Ott's’ morning glory and ‘German Pink’ tomato. These seeds, brought by Grandpa Ott's parents from Bavaria when they immigrated to Iowa in the 1870s, became the first two varieties in the collection. Diane and Kent went on to form a network of gardeners interested in preserving heirloom varieties and sharing seeds. Today, with 13,000 members and 20,000 plant varieties, Seed Savers Exchange makes its home on 890 scenic acres in Winneshiek County, Iowa, at Heritage Farm.

Seed Savers Exchange conserves biodiversity by maintaining a collection of over 20,000 different varieties of heirloom and open-pollinated plants, varieties with the ability to regenerate themselves year after year. These seeds (and tissue cultures or other plant materials, depending on how a plant reproduces) have the power to withstand unforeseen pestilence and plant disease, climate change, and limited habitat, and to stop dinnertime boredom forever.
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  • Seed Sower seeds are so superior as high germination rate. Highly recommend any one who wants to grow a garden buying good seed is so important and helps lots with successful growing. Kale, Tomatoes, ...  more »
  • This was a spur of the moment stop as we passed through the area. You don't need to really plan for a long time here, but it is worth a stop if you're a gardener. We found some neat tomato varieties, ...  more »
  • I am not gardener. Though I can keep some things alive, I rarely go through the effort. Everything in my yard is effort-free like hostas. I went to Seed Savers because my friend that I was with in Dec...  more »
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