“Spotlight on Earth Stewardship” with Founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Jere Gettle


| 3/27/2013 9:40:25 AM


Tags: heirloom seeds, saving seeds, environmental issues, Crystal Stevens,

gettle familyFor years, my husband and I have been ordering seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. They have an amazing variety of heirloom seeds that produce some of the most unique, vibrant and gorgeous fruits and vegetables that we have ever seen. Our personal all-time favorites, ones which we have not gone a year without growing, include; Marketmore Cucumber, Green Zebra Tomato, Cherokee Purple Tomato, Purple Beauty Peppers, Red Meat Radish, Chioggia Beets, and Golden Beets. On several occasions, we were Artisan Vendors at Baker Creek Heritage Festivals. In order to be a vendor, you are required to dress in “Old Timey Attire”, which we happily did and enjoyed every second of it. Being in Bakersville Pioneer Village is literally like stepping back in time. It has a wide array of attractions, such as a Mercantile Store, an Apothecary Shoppe, an enormous chicken coup with beautiful heritage breeds, a plethora of stunning gardens, a metal smith exhibit, and even the Bakersville Opry, complete with straw bale seating. It is truly a homesteader’s paradise. Like so many other patrons of Baker Creek, Jere and his wife Emilee have inspired my husband and I as farmers, as parents, as dreamers, as artists, and as stewards of the earth. They are a beautiful example of how one can manifest their own reality by transforming an idea into a dream, a dream into a vision, and that vision into veracity through hard work and perseverance, as well as unconditional support and encouragement from loved ones. Keep dreaming!

Spotlight on Earth Stewardship: is a monthly feature which pays homage to Eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.

Spotlight on Earth Stewardship: Jere Gettle, founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things, and at age 3 he planted his first garden. Ever since that day, he wanted to be involved in the seed industry. So at the age of 17, he printed the first small Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog in 1998. The company has grown to offer 1450 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs—the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the U.S.A. The New York Times Magazine calls Jere, “the Indiana Jones of seeds.” baby jere 

Check out this great video about Jere and his seed company.

What inspired you to be a steward of the Earth? 

Being in the garden as a child with parents and grandparents. Planting a tiny seed and watching it transform into the amazing diversity of fruits and vegetables. Being at eye-level with insects and seeing the part they play in our larger world. Watching the genetics of plants unfold right in front of my eyes.




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