The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally [NOOK Book]

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Tired of genetically modified food every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives-and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.

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The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally

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Overview

Tired of genetically modified food every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives-and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.

In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, cofounders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, offer a wealth of knowledge to every kind of gardener-experienced pros and novices alike. In his friendly voice, complemented by gorgeous photographs, Jere gives planting, growing, harvesting, and seed saving tips. In addition, an extensive A to Z Growing Guide includes amazing heirloom varieties that many people have never even seen. From seed collecting to the history of seed varieties and name origins, Jere takes you far beyond the heirloom tomato. This is the first book of its kind that is not only a guide to growing beautiful and delicious vegetables, but also a way to join the movement of people who long for real food and a truer way of living.
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Jere Gettle found his life work early: He was just three when planted his first garden. In 1998, he followed that dream and started the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. Now, 13 years and millions of seed packets later, this small project offers 1,400 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the country. Jere and his wife Emilee also publish the Heirloom Gardener magazine, now in its seventh year of operation. These Johnny Appleseeds continue to be faithful to their calling: The Heirloom Life Gardener offers even novice backyard growers the information that they need to turn any backyard plot into a food source for your family. An A-to-Z growing guide with proven results.

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In 1998, Jere Gettle started the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company in an effort to preserve the legacy of nonhybrid seeds and to educate people about the magic that happens when they plant a seed and watch it grow. After 13 years, his company now sells two million seed packets a year. Through this homespun tale of success, the Gettles passionately proclaim the power of growing one's own food from heirloom seeds, and they provide simple instructions for getting started as a gardener whether you have acres of land, a small backyard plot, or simply a container. Their joyous message is that gardening can be done wherever you have dirt, sun, water, and pure seeds. At the heart of the book is an extensive "A to Z growing guide" that provides tips on growing, seed saving, pests and diseases, and preparation for preparing plants from amaranth to watermelon. In this lavishly illustrated guide, the Gettles convince us of the benefits of getting into the garden, gently encouraging and guiding us with steps for doing so. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
The founders of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company present an overview of the heirloom seed movement. When other kids his age were outdoors playing tag, Jere Gettle spent his childhood combing through seed catalogues. It was then that he first noticed a disturbing trend: Each year an increasing number of seeds were disappearing. To counteract this, he started saving his own seeds. Fast forward two decades later and Gettle, along with wife Emilee, are now the proprietors of one of the country's most successful heirloom seed companies. Jere, who the New York Times once referred to as "the Indiana Jones of seeds," has traveled the world in search of the seeds he now makes readily available to consumers. In their debut book, the Gettles show novices how to get away from the standard fare found in their neighbors' plots and grow truly amazing varieties. Their primer opens with an introduction to heirloom variety seeds and a basic gardening guide before moving on to highlight a variety of backyard favorites. Beginning alphabetically with amaranth and ending with watermelon, the Gettles cover the cultivation, cooking and seed-saving for an extraordinary number of plant varieties. Readers will find the ancestral versions of the most common produce so markedly different from their grocery-store counterparts that they might think they've been farmed on a different planet altogether.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401303990
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 874,283
  • File size: 224 MB
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Meet the Author

Jere Gettle's passion for farming developed early, and by the age of seventeen he was in business, selling seeds from his bedroom in Mansfield, Missouri. He didn't set out to start an empire, but to save heritage plant varietals from being lost to genetically modified mega plants and to wave the banner for a way of life he saw rapidly disappearing. He began traveling to far off places, Asia, South America; anywhere he could find and swap rare and unusual seeds, and started a seed catalog that now has 350,000 devoted customers. His seed company employs over 200 full time staff and includes a store, vegan restaurant, and pioneer village in his home town of Mansfield, Mo., as well as two other retail operations--the Seed Bank in Petaluma, California, and Comstock in Westerfield, Connecticut.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    A book for every gardener...

    This is the best book I have found concerning growing heirloom vegetables. The authors provide a valid and researched history about how food has changed and been genetically modified throughout the years. This information should have every gardener rethinking what they are planting and consuming.

    The photography is great. The photos highlight the vegetables grown by Jere and Emilee Gettle. The simple beauty of their crops shine in the photos.

    The planting and growing information for the individual vegetables is clear and concise. There is something in this book for every gardener - whatever size your growing plot may be.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Surprisingly easy reading

    Unlike many other gardening books that read like textbooks, this one provides interesting and useful information in the context of the author's life. It includes interesting stories of his travels all over the world in pursuit of seeds. Make no mistake this book is about seeds, but it is presented in an interesting way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Great Read

    I am an avid gardener, and I strive to do so organically. This book gave me the extra push to continue treating and raising vegetables in an organic, safe, and healthy manor. The Gettle's are clearly very knowledgeable and provide a wealth of information concerning the danger of GMOs and pesticides. Nearly half the book is a history of Baker Creek and Jere Gettle. The rest is a guide to growing organically, with specifics of most vegetables. The only thing I wish was included was a guide on growing potatoes. Other than that though, I couldn't be happier with this book, and will continue to use it every bit at much, if not more, as my other organic gardening books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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