Rescuing Australian Heirlooms

Clive Blazey explores the importance of heirloom seed stewardship and the legacy of the Seed Savers Exchange

Rescuing Australian Heirlooms

Kent and Diane Whealy founded Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) in Iowa in 1970.

Anxious to keep precious heirlooms in circulation, they heard about a legendary watermelon that had moon-like markings and star-like dots that had disappeared from US catalogues in 1920.

A local US TV station picked up the story and an old farmer who still grew it passed on a few seeds ...

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