Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. They are headquartered in Decorah, Iowa at Heritage Farms.
If you have ever wondered about the difference between heirloom and open-pollinated seeds, Seedsavers has your answer. I copy it below from their web site.
“Our collections contain heirloom and open-pollinated (OP) varieties. Heirlooms are OPs with a long history of being cultivated and saved within a family or group. They have evolved by natural or human selection over time. All heirlooms are open-pollinated by insects or wind, without human intervention. (The exception to this is hand-pollination, when a person simulates the effect of wind or insects for isolation purposes.) Though all heirlooms are OPs, not all OPs are heirlooms; that is, not all OPs are accompanied by a story of being maintained by one family or group.”
Seedsavers has a nice selection of cooking beans. We raised the Jacob’s Cattle beans for several years and they made great baked beans. They were originally cultivated by the Passamaquoddy Indians in Maine.
The Children’s Seed Collection is a nice way to get kids involved and interested in the garden.
Oh and by the way, don’t forget the whales completely; just for an hour or so.