Monday, May 26, 2008

Heritage Seeds

It is important, now that the world’s seed stock has been seriously tampered with by large corporations, that people know where to get real seeds that produce honest-to-goodness food that has not been cloned or altered. Please feel free to pass along this list to as many other people as you can. Blessings, PMH

U.S. Heritage Seed Supplier List
(listed alphabetically)

Aurora Farm
Aurora Biodynamic Farm

Box 503, Kaslo, B.C. V0G 1M0 Canada

Phone: 603-588-2302

Hi Bruce, Thanks for the newsletter mention. We
were the first Biodynamic seed company in North America. We are a
family-owned business. We have signed the Council for REsponsible Genetics
"Safe Seeds" pledge...i.e., no GMOs, ever. Food security and food
sovereignty begin with seeds. - Barbara Scott

This family promotes the Native Tradition regarding seeds. They are a
particular source for the THREE SISTERS but also have nature oriented "Bee
and Butterfly" garden collections. Heirloom varieties of medicinal herbs is
something else that they offer.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Rd.
Mansfield, Missouri 65704

This company sells only non-hybrid vegetable, flowers and herbs. None of the
varieties sold are hybrids, gene-altered or patented. Well worth
investigating. Catalogue free.
Cook's Garden
Box 535
Londonderry, Vermont 05148

Cook's Garden is committed to ecological and sustainable farming methods.
All seeds are untreated and time tested. Claims to be the largest selection
of lettuce and salad greens in the world. Catalogue free.
Deep Diversity
P.O. Box 157000
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506-5700

1000+ varieties emphasizing biodiversity, food plants, herbs, flowers, fiber
plants, heirloom and medicinal. Seeds of Change merged with Peace Seeds and
Deep Diversity. Organic and open-pollinated flower herb and vegetable seeds
featuring many heirloom traditional and other rare seeds. Collections built
around specific themes. Checks or money orders only accepted for seed
orders. Catalogue $4
Down on the Farm Seed
P.O. 184
Hiram, Ohio 44234
(I searched - but couldn't find a web address.
They seem almost to pride themselves in that.
Lots of talk about them, however).

Offers a full line of untreated open-pollinated, heirloom vegetable, herb
and flower seeds. All seed packet except corn are $1. Catalogue free.
Eastern Native Seed Conservancy
Box 451
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
413-229-8316 (doesn't work) (I have emailed them for a web site)

A seed-conservation program for heirloom and historical varieties of the
Northeast U.S. food crops including native varieties. Heirloom tomato
project promotes tomatoes and local value added products.
Garden City Seeds
Box 307
Thorp, Washington 98946

Specializes in varieties adapted to northern climates. They offer a number
of heirlooms which are marked as such. Catalog is worth having for the
wealth of information it contains. Free Catalog.
Heirloom Acres Seeds
PO Box 194
New Bloomfield, MO 65063

A Christian family business selling over 450 open pollinated and heritage
seeds. Catalogue free.
Heirloom Gardens
13889 Dupree Worthey Rd.
Harvest, Alabama 35749

Catalog Online only. Organically grown seeds of heirloom and rare varieties
many from the pre-1900's.
Heritage Seed
2800 East Jackson St. Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 255-9503 or (309) 836-3199
(another one for which I didn't find a web page.
But - I didn't try to call them.)

Alfalfa, Corn, Cool Season Grasses & Legumes, Grain Sorghum, Red Clover,
Soybeans & Sudan Grass.
High Mowing Organic Seeds
813 Brook Road, Wolcott, VT 05680
Phone: (802) 472-6174
Fax: (802) 472-3201

Assorted Herbs, Flowers & Vegetables
Johnny's Selected Seeds
955 Benton Avenue
Winslow, Maine 04910

An excellent selection of varieties regionally adapted to New England.
Johnny's does plant breeding and thoroughly tests the varieties it offers.
Catalogue free.

Landreth Seed
P.O. Box 16380
Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2229

The oldest seed house in the U.S. Hundreds of varieties of heirloom
vegetable seeds, flower, herbs. Online shopping cart. Printed catalogue
available for $10 with cost deducted from first order.
Native Seeds/SEARCH
526 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85705

Seed conservation which focuses on the traditional native crops of the U.S.
SW and Mex. NE. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and a 10% discount on
purchases. All seeds for desert conditions. Books and value added products
listed. Catalogue $1

Redwood City Seed Co.
Box 361
Redwood City, California 94064

Ancient varieties of vegetables, culinary, and medicinal herbs. Catalogue
Sand Hill Preservation Center
1878 230th Street
Calamus, Iowa 52729-9659

Dedicated to the preservation of Genetic Resources . Offers over 175 breeds
of rare poultry, 700 varieties of Heirloom Seeds and sweet potatoes. No
calls on Sunday or Mondays and after 9:45 PM. Postal Money Orders only.
Catalogue free.
Seed Savers Exchange
3076 North Winn Rd.
Decorah, Iowa

A grassroots exchange. Members receive two information filled issues and
huge seed listing. Membership $35 SSE subsection "Flower & Herb Exchange"
U.S. $12 A free heirloom and products catalog published for the general
South Carolina Foundation Seed Association
1162 Cherry Road
Box 349952
Clemson, South Carolina 29634

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Box 460
Mineral, Virginia 23117

A seed company dedicated to preserving our vegetable heritage. Offers many
heirloom varieties gives many background and dates of introduction. Many
varieties especially for the climate of the mid-Atlantic region. Catalogue
Southern Seed Legacy Project (PASS)
c/o Agrarian Connection 10 Legacy Rd.
Crawford, Georgia 30630

Catalog online only. PASS (Pass Along Southern Seeds) is an initiative to
promote the conservation through use of both cultural knowledge and heirloom
plants of the South.
Thompson and Morgan
Box 1308
Jackson, New Jersey 08527-308

Catalog has a huge variety of seeds with in-depth information. Orders are
accompanied with "The Germination Times" a booklet on starting various
seeds. Some heritage and many unusual seeds offered. Catalogue free.
Underwood Gardens
4N381 Maple Ave.
Besneville, IL 6106

Many hard to find or endangered, untreated, open-pollinated seeds of
heirloom vegetable, herbs and flowers. Catalogue $3
Victory Seed Company
P.O. Box 192
Molalla, Oregon 97038

The Victory Seed company is a family owned and operated garden packet seed
company specializing in open pollinated and heirloom seeds. Catalog cost
refundable. Catalog on line with many heirloom tomatoes. Catalogue $2.

This list is also available online (with links) from "Seeds of Diversity"

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All Methods of Power Generation have Their Trade-Offs

Occasionally there are articles done by others that are important, and right in line with the focus and purpose of the near-death experience in the sense of “afterward” and how to make sense of the various challenges present in our world. This is one such article done by Glenn Mingo. He had become concerned with all the public bickering and arguing about power generation and what is the best source. This is his answer – what he did we can all do. –PMH

The power grid is a complex system of production and use. There is no one best method of power generation but a system with components that complement each other. We have heard much about the negatives of different fuel choices and this is why a system of diverse methods of generation works best.

For example atomic energy cannot be quickly and easily varied. The grid can only accept the power that it uses. If more power is generated than is used problems can occur. The grid users make more demands on the system during the day so nuclear energy made at night has to be cut somewhere else in the system. Virginia has the Bath County Pump Storage Facility to use this power to move water uphill at night and releasing it to produce power during high peak usage in the day. Nuclear power does produce huge quantities of radioactive waste. This waste can be recycled making this method more desirable but some people with political power would make less money if this is done.

Aside from coal's better know negatives, when it is burned it releases a significant amount of radioactivity naturally occurring in it. In fact if an atomic reactor released as much radioactivity as coal fired power plants do they would be shut down.

As for solar power, a benefit is that it generates the most power at peak usage periods near its point of use. I think that the best way solar and wind can be implemented is by giving individual property owners the same tax breaks that the major producers get. Not only would it make renewable less expensive than some other sources it would diversify the source of power.

Diversity is natures way of providing redundancy to strengthen a system. If one nuclear power plant goes off line from failure or attack it is a big, dangerous event. Several thousand homes with solar or wind power would have to be destroyed to accomplish an equal loss of power. In terms of national defense this strategy is more sound in protecting our country.

I have, in the last fives years, reduced my energy use to the point of selling power to my cooperative through conservation and solar power generation. I have the security of knowing that I have a reliable source of power from the grid that is backed up by my own generation and storage. This system required substantial sacrifice on my part and I think that it should not be this way. Again, a fair incentive system to encourage individual citizens to strengthen our power generation system helps all of us with a stronger grid, less pollution and less environmental destruction from using the Earth's resources.

Glenn Mingo
Churchville, VA

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Big Pharma Pushing to Criminalize Supplements

Big Pharma Pushing to Criminalize Supplements

Health freedom is under assault in Canada with a proposed law, C-51, that could outlaw 60% of the nutritional supplements currently sold in Canada. It would also criminalize activities like picking dandelions, drying herbs, or even giving homeopathic medicine to your own child! Want to help stop this dangerous bill from becoming law? Link to the feature story by the link below.


This action in Canada is very real and very serious, and it affects us. That’s because the majority of people who have had a near-death experience or something similar, are unable to take regular pharmaceuticals afterward. They turn to alternative health-care and natural health products, especially homeopathy, because pharmaceuticals are too strong and can cause serious side-effects.

For most of them, a more natural approach works better, costs less, and has lasting and positive results. There are near-death groups in Canada, and throughout the world. What is happening in Canada could happen here and elsewhere. Please do what you can – notify friends living in Canada – but more importantly, watch this with a keen eye. We may be next in this country. –PMH

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