This past week was Spring Break for Conserve School students and staff. For my family that meant a tour of a few colleges around the Midwest as my daughters Jessica and Rebecca (high school juniors) consider their options. Last Friday we visited Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Decorah is also home to the Seed Savers Exchange and we couldn’t resist stopping in and selecting a few seeds to plant in our gardens at Conserve School.
The Seed Savers Exchange mission is to “conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.” In the shop located next to their heritage gardens in Decorah they have displays and videos that help tell the story as well as an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. The short YouTube video below provides a good overview of what they do.
I look forward to working with the seeds we purchased, from the Titan sunflowers to the Lacinato kale and one of my favorites, Amish Snap peas. Gardening is an important way that we can connect ourselves with the natural world. The Seed Savers Exchange provides excellent supports for our gardening efforts and great materials for those who want to educate themselves about the gardening process. In a few weeks the snow will be off of our gardens and the cold frames will welcome the seedlings we have started.
Head of Conserve School
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” ~Gertrude Jekyll