Sow Your Own
Taste the difference with farm-produced seeds
If you’re thinking about growing your own veggies and fruits this year but want to avoid seeds produced by multinational bio-tech companies, you might look into the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Based just 75 miles northwest of Bedford in Accord, New York, HVSL sells heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, flower, and herb seeds that are produced on the library’s own farm, as well as by other local farms or sourced from trustworthy wholesale seed houses.
The library’s extensive catalog features a remarkably diverse array of seeds, ranging from Blacktail Mountain Watermelon to Green Zebra Tomato and Rosa Bianca Eggpant. If you’re used to grocery-store produce, prepare your taste buds for a divine adventure. And don’t be surprised if you end up saving the empty packets after planting. Each spring, HVSL commissions artists to create original works of art to illustrate the heirloom seed packs. Browsing through the collection is like visiting a gallery of Lilliputian art.
A limited selection is available for sale at Copia Home & Garden in South Salem, Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art/the Cloisters in Manhattan, while the complete catalogue can be seen at seedlibrary.org.