Letter: Growing Value of Seed-Saving

To the Editor:

I was very happy to see the recent column by Henry Homeyer listing some seed growers who provide seeds for us that are adapted to our region. As the consequences of climate change become more apparent, we will find that these local growers and seed-savers are heroes whose work is of inestimable value.

However, I was disappointed that Homeyer didn’t mention a terrific seed provider right here in the Upper Valley: Solstice Seeds in Hartland, owned and run by Sylvia Davatz. She has been saving seeds and developing vegetables and grains suited to the Upper Valley climate for many years, and finally, a few years ago, began to make the best varieties available to gardeners and farmers in our area. I have used her seeds now for three years, and have found them to have remarkably good germination and to produce wonderful, healthy plants. She sends her catalog to folks by email, and she can be reached at: sdav@valley.net.

And if you are interested in learning seed-saving and knowing other seed-savers in the Upper Valley, please consider joining the new Upper Valley Seed Savers group, led by Davatz. It meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month — at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction during the winter; at various gardeners’ homes during the growing season.

Kye Cochran

Upper Valley Food Co-op

White River Junction


Homeyer: Seed Catalogs Are Here!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Although seed catalogs started arriving in my post office box even before the holidays, now is the time when I expect a deluge of colorful catalogs promising me hundreds of kinds of seeds for new/old/flavorful/special plants. I enjoy growing vegetables and flowers from seeds, so I am the kind of sucker those companies love. It’s too early to plant things, …