Kingston Public Library and edible South Shore magazine
Present: South Shore Locavores
Get Your Garden Started – March 27, 2012

Books in OCLN
•    Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees and shrubs by Robert E. Gough, 2012.
•    Grow Cook Eat: a food lover’s guide to kitchen gardening by Willi Galloway. 2012
•    Vegetable Gardening: from planting to picking—complete guide to creating a bountiful garden by Fern Marshall Bradley, 2012.     
•    The Beginners Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: the 100 easiest, most flavorful vegetables for your garden by Marie Iannotti, 2012.
•    The Locavore’s Handbook: a busy person’s guide to eating local on a budget by Led Meredith, 2012.
•    The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler. 2011.
•    The Heirloom Life Gardener: the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally by Jere Gettle, 2011.
•    Four Season Harvest: organic gardening from your garden all year long by Eliot Coleman, 1999.
•    The Massachusetts Gardener’s Companion by Barbara Gee, 2007.

Local Resources Grow your own edible garden. Install a garden bed in your yard. Gardening tips, plant-a-plan service. Seasonal plants Sheriff’s Dept. Horticulture program Fact sheets, community gardens and more.  Mass. Horticultural Society.     

More  Resources Experimental market garden operated by Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch in Maine. Baker Creek heirloom seeds.  Find your hardiness zone

Seed Resources
Johnny’s Seed Company is located in Maine. Employees own 66% with 100% employee ownership expected by 2015. They bred and sell organic, and non-organic seeds, Johnny’s exclusives, and plants such as asparagus starts. They have a great selection of tools for home and market gardeners and their website has many great interactive tools, such as a seed calculator, grower’s library, and hardiness zone maps and more. They do not carry any GMO seeds and have taken the safe seed pledge.

High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont began in 1996 with just 28 varieties. By 2001 they began contracting for other local farms to grow seed in addition to their 5 acres. They now have over 600 varieties of heirloom, open pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds. Many of the seeds they sell are still grown on their forty-acre farm.

Fedco Seed Company is located in Maine and is known for sourcing cold hardy selections for the demanding northeast climate. They offer organic and heirloom varieties and buy products from all over the world. Each year they observe hundreds of varieties and then choose the best to offer in their catalog. Fedco is a cooperative; consumers own 60% of the company and 40% is owned by worker/members.

Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm is located 6 miles north of Decorah Iowa. The farm has preservation gardens, a historic orchard, and an ancient white cattle park. This is a non-profit seed catalog that is member supported that saves and shares heirloom seeds from their heritage garden. Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 b Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy when Diane’s terminally ill grandfather gave them seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory and German Pink Tomato. Grandpa Ott parents had brought these seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870’s. The heritage farm is 890 acres and maintains many thousands of heirloom varieties, most brought to America by member’s ancestors who emigrated from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other parts of the world. Visitors are welcome at the farm from March 1st through December 23rd.