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Baker Creek Keeps History Alive Through Seeds

Baker Creek Keeps History Alive Through Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, operated by Jere Gettle and his wife Emilee, sells more than 1,600 varieties of seeds from all over the world. The Gettles also own a seed store in Sonoma County, CA, and are restoring a historic seed provider in Connecticut.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.


Heirloom, Heritage … What Does It Mean?

These days, shoppers have the option of choosing heritage or heirloom foods. But what do these words mean and how do they affect you? You may be surprised to learn it isn’t just a frivolous fad our food supply depends on them.

Through the history of civilization, humans have raised a variety of livestock and agriculture. However, today’s large-scale industrial farming methods only use a few specialized breeds that have been developed to meet certain requirements. For example, large-scale produced turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts. As a result of these farming practices, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have died out. When they die out, they take their genetic diversity with them. In the last century, nearly 75% of the genetic diversity in our food supply has been lost.

Genetic diversity is essential to protecting our food supply. If we only raise a few breeds or grow a few varieties of crops, and if they all get wiped out by a disease, we won’t have any food left. When a pathogen gets in the food supply, it’s important to have a large genetic diversity because some breeds will survive. The smaller the genetic diversity in our food supply, the smaller our chances are of surviving famine. This is what happened during the Irish Potato Famine when a million people planted one variety of potato in their backyards, and to the Gros Michel banana.

These days, sustainable farmers have been raising heritage and heirloom breeds and crops in order to preserve their lineages. Simply raising them is not enough in order for them to survive, there must be demand for them. So, to keep from losing more variety in animals and crops, we must eat them.

Plus, don’t you get excited trying new foods that you haven’t had before? Foods such as Pawpaws, ground cherries, heirloom eggplants, and heirloom potatoes have a lot of flavor and different colors and textures that liven up any plate. Heritage turkeys and heritage pigs are not only lower in fat and better for you, they also taste so much better than non-heritage meats.

Heritage often refers to animals. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds of animals that were raised for food in the past, but their numbers dwindled during the rise of industrial agriculture. In the last 15 years, almost 200 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide.

Heritage breeds are better adapted to withstand disease and live in open pastures. They don’t need constant doses of antibiotics or temperature-controlled interiors the way that factory farmed animals do. If heritage breeds are allowed to die out, future farmers will be unable to use their unique genetic material to breed animals with the traits that make them sustainable.

Some heritage breeds take longer to grow to market weight or do not produce as much milk or eggs as some breeds, which is why they were never selected for factory farming. But these breeds are often more delicious, so the wait is often worth it.

To be considered a heritage breed, an animal has to have unique genetic traits and be raised on an organic and sustainable farm.