Since George Washington’s time, D. Landreth Seed Company has helped feed America. Now, however, this tiny company is in danger of being liquidated. Another piece of food heritage will disappear. WATCH THE NPR VIDEO HERE
Monsanto and Du Pont have gobbled up seed companies for years. The very existence of any heirloom seeds is in jeopardy. Monsanto has spent about 30 billion in seed company aquisitions. Their 2005 purchase of the largest seed company in the world, Seminis, with about 3,500 varieties of seeds, supplies about 40% of the food in the supermarkets. Undoubtedly Monsanto will make great use of this for its expansion of GMO crops.
Perusing D. Landreth’s online site, you’ll find amazing vegetables you’ve never seen before like deep purple potatoes, lemon-sized cucumbers, tennis ball-size lettuces (perfect for patio gardens): all from breeds of heriloom seed breeds that are hundreds of years old! These are the same foods that George Washington ate! This is incredible!
D Landreth Seeds offers unique garden gifts. A beautiful copper rain gauge designed by Thomas Jefferson, along with a thermometer also designed by Jefferson. U.S. made food dehydrators, books, and for all you gardeners apprehensive about growing these heirloom seeds, growing instructions for what they sell.
Many different garden collections are availiable, too: a kid’s garden, patio garden collection, African-American seed collections, heirloom seeds for flowers and so much more.
Just the fact that the D. Landreth Seed Company has been around since Washington’s time makes it historic. Let’s support one of the oldest companies in the U.S. and not let it get sold off to the Chinese!
I’m placing an order for a U.S. made dehydrator today!