Even though we can’t devote nearly as much time “doing” it as we’d like to, Tyrant Farms is a work of passion for us. We love growing things, studying nature, thinking about the underlying systems that make things work, and eating fresh food that we picked from our own yard, found on a hike or purchased from a local farm. Most of all, we love sharing (with anyone who will listen) what we learn from our studies and from all the mistakes we make while growing our garden.
Our goal with Tyrant Farms is simple: we want more people to know and grow their own food.
As of Feb 12, 2013, we’re thrilled to say that over 1,000 people from around the world now like Tyrant Farms’ facebook page! We guess that means that we’re not just talking to an empty room. We hope it means that there will be a few more gardens in the world.
So, to you 1,000+ wonderful Tyrant Farms facebook fans out there, we wanted to come up with a way to say “thank you,” that extended beyond words. Since we can’t give away patches of our yard or send you our seedlings in the mail, we decided to reach out to one of our favorite seed companies on the planet: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Baker Creek isn’t your average company. They’re a mission-driven organization on a quest to preserve the world’s heirloom seed varieties. What the heck are heirloom seeds? Basically, heirloom seeds are seeds that have been bred, nurtured and passed down to us from our ancestors. Many of these seeds have been in use for thousands of years. The survival of these seeds is so critical to our own survival, that massive underground seed vaults have been constructed around the world to try to keep these seeds from going extinct. During WWII, some Russian scientists even chose to starve to death in order to ensure the survival of some of these plants.
Today, the greatest threat to the survival of these seeds is our collective ignorance and apathy. Many people don’t know (or care to know) where their food came from, how it was grown, or how it got to them. Modern industrial agriculture perpetuates the crumbling falsehood that food is a cheap commodity that we don’t need to know or think about. As a result, biodiversity in the global food system has been decimated and we are dangerously reliant on a handful of patented crops owned by a handful of massive agro-chemical monopolies whose agriculture methods treat the earth like a prostitute, rather than a spouse. Many heirloom seeds have tragically vanished from history, but it doesn’t have to continue. We (the international food movement that we’re all a part of) won’t let it continue.
Tens of thousands of other varieties of heirloom seeds are still with us, being nurtured and protected by scientists, farmers and backyard gardeners alike. Perhaps the best way to preserve the world’s seeds is to get them in the ground growing all over the world so they can do what seeds do best: grow great food for those who nurture them and multiply exponentially. Thanks to companies like Baker Creek, taking part in this effort is easier than ever for everyday gardeners.
OK, Tell Me About the Gardening Giveaway!
We’ll tell you all about the Giveway, but first we want to tell you more about one of our favorite companies on the planet… Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers the largest variety of heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seeds available in the US: 1,450 varieties from over 70 countries to be exact. All of their seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. In other words their seeds are good, healthy, and able to make new seeds for future generations to enjoy without a corporation demanding royalty payments under threat of a patent infringement lawsuit.
We greatly admire what Baker Creek does, and their seeds have been part of our garden from day one. So, we’re thrilled to be able to say that two lucky people are going to win one of these great prizes from Baker Creek:
- The Heirloom Life Gardener – This is one of our favorite gardening/food books anywhere – ours is always out on our coffee table. Written by Baker Creek’s young husband and wife co-founders Jere and Emilee Gettle, this books is filled with wonderful international adventure stories, photos and gardening wisdom. Once you read it, you’ll see why the New York Times calls Jere “the Indiana Jones of seeds.”
- 5 Packs of Baker Creek Seeds – Five heirloom seed packs of your choice from Baker Creek’s website www.RareSeeds.com.
How to Enter
Enter to win the Giveaway below! The two winners will be picked this Friday, February 15th via Random.org (sorry mom, we can’t just pick you). Thank you for being part of our food-loving family and thanks to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for your generosity!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
PS: The crazy looking vegetable in the featured image at the top of this blog post is an heirloom Superschmelz Kohlrabi growing in the front yard at Tyrant Farms (we purchased the seeds for this awesome and delicious plant from Baker Creek).
UPDATE (2/16/13): Big congrats to Linda and Margaret for winning the two prizes from Baker Creek!