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.
The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturallyby Jere and Emilee Gettle, Meghan Sutherland
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<
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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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 operationsthe Seed Bank in Petaluma, California, and Comstock in Westerfield, Connecticut.
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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.
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.
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.