Seeds Trust Mountain Growers Hosting Fantastic Workshops
Penn and Cord will be putting on a series of workshops this spring (sign up ASAP to reserve your spots) at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Take a peek at what they are offering and don't miss a chance to learn from some of Colorado's most daring and passionate seed people! Check out the links for more info and to sign up.
Mountain food growing is Friday May 3rd from 9-1 in Gates Hall - DBG
Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing is May 3rd from 2-4 in Gates Hall - DBG
Sustainable Greenhouse Design is May 4th from 9-4 in Gates Hall - DBG
Saving and Adapting Seed is May 5th from 10-12 in Gates Hall - DBG
High Altitude Garden Tour – Spring will be Saturday June 1st at 12 @ Penn and Cord's Gardens
High Altitude Garden Tour – Fall will be Saturday September 7th at 12 @ Penn and Cord's Gardens
Email us your seed and gardening questions!
Hope to hear from you soon!
New Seeds Trust Colorado Mountain Growers
I am pleased to announce Seed Trust’s new Colorado-based growers, Penn and Cord Parmenter, from Westcliffe, Co, in the heart of the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley. They grow food and seed on their 43-acre ranch at 8,120 ft. in the Wet Mountains. They garden Bio-intensively, a method that results in more food using less water in less space. Adapting seed to the mountains helps all mountain gardeners succeed, as the seed learns its environment and carries that information into the next generation.
Penn specializes in growing high-altitude tomatoes and Cord specializes in growing short-season corn and pumpkins. They are hoping to return Kinko 6” Chantenay carrot seed to the catalog this fall.
Penn and Cord Parmenter are high-altitude food growing experts and sustainable greenhouse designers. They have been growing an abundance of food at 8,120 ft. in the Wet Mountains of south-central Colorado since 1992. They grow for seed as well as food and have been adapting tomatoes, pumpkins and corn to the high country. Penn and Cord are co-instructors for the Denver Botanic Gardens and around the region. You can learn about their work on their website:
If you are interested in learning about high-altitude food growing, Penn and Cord are your best bet. Three of their comprehensive classes are coming right up and combined with our seeds you’ll find you CAN grow food in the mountains!
Penn and Cord’s Classes January 26/27 at Denver Botanic Gardens
Sustainable Greenhouse Design
Mountain Food Growing 101
Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing
Welcome to Seeds Trust -- Plant Seeds, Harvest Change
Seeds Trust is a
25 year-old family
dedicated to teaching you to save your own seeds, grow a delicious home garden and create stunning native landscapes. We sell heirloom seeds (passed on from generation to generation), open-pollinated seeds (will reproduce true to form) and organic vegetable, native wildflower, native grass and medicinal herb seeds. Search the entire Seeds Trust online seed catalog and enhance your selections with the seed catalogs listed below. Landscape professionals will be happy to find the list of all our wildflower, herb and grass selections sorted by scientific names.
Bill McDorman, President
High Altitude Gardens has been our resource since 1984 for thousands of extreme gardeners looking for exceptional flavor and trusted reliability in the coldest climates and shortest seasons. Bill and his father represent a total of more than 50 years experience growing gardens and seeds at high elevation.
Seeds Trust Southwest is our newest venture. Since moving to the high desert of Arizona, we have made some fascinating discoveries. Many of our high altitude seeds do amazingly well in hot, dry places. Many seem to be adapted to extreme climates. Not only are they cold tolerant, many are heat tolerant as well. We will continue to test in our new desert Seeds Trust gardens as well as continue to gather information about cold tolerance from mountain locations. Outstanding varieties will be offered to you. We are excited.
The story of glass gem corn. Seedsman Greg Schoen got the seed from Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee man, now in his 80's, in Oklahoma. He was Greg's "corn-teacher". Greg was in the process of moving last year and wanted someone else to store and protect some of his seeds. He left samples of several corn varieties, including glass gem. I grew out a small handful this past summer just to see. The rest, as they say is history. I got so excited, I posted a picture on Facebook. We have never seen anything like this. Unfortunately, we did not grow out enough to sell. Look for a small amount for sale starting in August 2011. Thanks, bill
Seeds Trust is probably most famous for its trip behind the Iron Curtain in 1989. President Bill McDorman personally carried back over 60 varieties of delicious tomatoes from Siberia and also made a good friend along the way.
Project Self Reliance (PSR) is our educational, non-profit organization providing sustainably oriented social services and programs for the community-at-large and youth-at-risk.
International Seed Saving Institute (ISSI), a branch of Project Self Reliance, is dedicated to saving seeds, seed-saving education, seed banks and self-reliance for peoples world-wide.