Video: A Visit to Seed Savers Exchange

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DanielleGardenGirl Danielle Sherry, contributor
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Video Length: 3:13
Produced by: Danielle Sherry; Edited by: Kate Geruntho Frank

I was lucky enough to hop on a plane and head out to Iowa a week ago for the Seed Savers Exchange annual conference. The event took place at Heritage Farm, the 890-acre scenic headquarters of this unique non-profit organization.

This member supported organization saves and shares heirloom seeds from their gardens and passes them along to others. Seed Saver Exchange members have distributed an estimated 1 million samples of rare garden seeds over the past 35 years. Those seeds now are widely used by seed companies, farmers, and home gardeners.

This most recent conference featured lectures by Elliot Coleman (The New organic Garden Grower & the newly released, Winter Harvest Manual), Barbara Damrosch (The Garden Primer & Theme Gardens) and NPR's Mike McGrath.

Attendees were from around the country--Maryland, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Idaho, and Illinois--just to name a few states.

So, I couldn't resist asking these vegetable gardeners, "Why do you grow your own food?" 

For more information on Seed Savers Exchange and to check out their unbelievable seed selection go to:

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