Heirloom seeds are open pollinated treasures that have been passed on from generation to generation. Seeds from open-pollinated varieties produce plants and fruit that are identical to their parent.
Plant an heirloom seed, let some of the fruit, vegetables or flowers mature, collect the seeds, process them properly and store them well. The following year, plant the seed and it will grow another plant just like the one you collected the seed from.
Heirlooms are known for their great flavor, high quality and they are easy to grow. If you have never grown an heirloom and the only vegetables you have ever known come from a grocery store, you are in for a real treat! Experience what a real tomato tastes like, warmed on the vine and sliced up for a fresh garden salad.
Typically, the plants and seeds that are commercially sold are F1 Hybrids (First Generation Hybrids). These have been hand pollinated, patented, often sterile. Seed from these plants will not grow into plants similar to their parents.
There is also a new generation of seed that is taking over the market, and these new seeds are genetically engineered. GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seed, or bioengineered seed, are quickly contaminating our global supply of seeds. Other countries are banning their use only to be sued for anti-commerce activity by the large corporations that are creating this new seed. This threatens the purity of the entire globe's seeds. A GMO seed has had the DNA of the plant changed. For example, a tomato could have a gene of a cold water fish sliced into it in order to produce a plant that is more resistant to frost. Here at Seeds By Faith, we are committed to stand against the development and use of GMO seeds.
The genes in an heirloom seed preserve the nutrition, taste and overall quality of the fruits and vegetables from days long ago. One person, one gardener not only can make a difference in their life and the lives of their family, they can make a difference across the globe. Please allow us to help in any way we can by providing this first class seed to you and by providing helpful gardening tips, recipes and instructions for preserving your produce. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have, simply contact us by sending us an email.