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The Heirloom Life Gardener

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The Heirloom Life Gardener is at first blush an odd book.  On paging through the layout before reading, one is struck by the contrast between beautiful pictures of heirloom vegetables, organic farms, and markets all over the world, next to peculiar, over-posed and forced tableaux of the Gettle family and their friends recreating the “atmosphere” of the Ozarks in the late 1800’s.  These strange photos end up being only a minor distraction from a book that is filled with information on heirloom vegetables, seed saving, gardening techniques and a personal history of the formation of a well known seed company dedicated to saving unusual and worthwhile varieties of food plants.  This is an honest call to the reader to grow heirloom seeds and help save endangered, old-fashioned crops from extinction, as well as practice organic gardening and earth-friendly ways of growing food. It is in this core of the material that the true passion of a dirt gardener comes through with charm and intensity.

Early in the book the history of the recent seed-savers exchange and the rise in popularity of heirloom seeds is covered, as well as the story of how Jere Gettle went from farming to starting the ...

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