Dateline: 11 December 2016
|Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann, co-owners of Fruition Seeds in Canandaigua, New York.|
In the Resources chapter of Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening I discovered a small seed company that is, regionally speaking, practically in my backyard. I wasted no time in going to the Fruition Seeds web site, and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
Here is Will's description...
A new small self-owned company in the Finger Lakes Region. A modest but excellent assortment of varieties, all non-GMO, all organic, no hybrids; they produce most (70 percent) of their own seeds.
These young folks are part of a movement to decentralize and localize seed production. And in a world of so much bad news, this is very good news. I am so pleased to see this!
If you are interested in gardening, you must check out the YouTube channel for Fruition Seeds. Even if a movie title doesn't interest you at first, watch it anyway. They are short, and well done, and you might learn something new. Like, for example, This Clip that shows how they harvest zucchini seeds using a log splitter. Or This Clip that tells how to turn your bathroom into a dehydrator.
I placed a seed order with Fruition Seeds tonight. In addition to some of the typical seeds, I am going to try growing Duborskian Rice (no paddy needed), Pineapple Ground Cherry, and Northern Hardy Valencia Peanut. I've never grown any of those things in my garden.
One item that I have grown for a few years (and recommend without reservation) is the Gold Rush Bush Bean. My Gold Rush bean plants look just like the ones grown at Fruition Seeds...