It will come as no surprise to regular listeners that I’m mad about small farm-based companies that sell seed grown without chemicals and with a regional focus. Seed matched to a particular set of conditions for best results. Today’s guest is the founder of one such company, High Desert Seed in Colorado and even though I don’t garden in the high desert, I confess I’m very tempted by the unique offerings like toothache plant and a gorgeous eggplant from India, all with wonderful stories behind them.
Before Laura Parker founded High Desert Seed, she had many other seed adventures including working in India with activist and seed saver, Vandana Shiva and later back in the US becoming Executive Director of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. She’s here today to talk about the importance of regionally adapted seed and showcase some goodies she’s working on and also drop some names of other companies whose catalogs we ought to be browsing.