Wednesday, January 7, 2009


We found our Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog in the mailbox today. Melanie almost skipped back down the drive. Some question arose as to who would dip into the catalog first.

Baker Creek was started in 1998 by Jere Gettle. At 17, Jere sent out his first seed catalog to 550 gardeners and filled orders from his room. The catalog says that this new venture fulfilled his dream to be a seedsman. And a seedsman he has become.

Eleven years later, the 2009 catalog is now 124 pages, printed in 150,000 copies, offering 1275 varieties. All seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. Baker Creek boycotts all gene-altering companies. The catalog is almost like a magazine. The pictures are "art". The stories of the seeds are amazing. Yes, plants have a story to tell too. Throughout, quotes of inspiration and transformation for our times are included.

Jere comments in the catalog that "I feel thankful to be able to work at my dream job!" We see the many examples of people in our times fulfilling their purpose here. The inspiring ripple effects of their work and joy are extending far into the big pond. How could they not?

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