Seeds of heritage

Efforts to preserve heirloom fruits and vegetables by saving seeds have found fertile ground in Arkansas

Posted: August 27, 2011 at 3:50 a.m.

Experts recommend that new seed-savers start with beans or peas because the seeds from these plants dry on the vine and are easy to collect.

Seed-saving is an old and popular tradition in Arkansas. My grandmother — like her mother before her — kept the seeds of her tomato, corn, cucumber and bean plants as an affordable way to start the following year’s crops. She also shared them with friends, family and neighbors, who were generous with their seeds in return.

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