How To Tell If Your Seeds Are Genetically Modified Online:
Non GMO seeds will usually say heirloom or open-pollinated. Even some of the larger companies like Parks Seed have some heirloom seeds and a page in their catalog is dedicated to it. We buy from Seed Savers Exchange or Baker Creek because all of their seeds are open pollinated. If you visit our local farm store in the paragraph below, they will tell you. Even some of the box stores are selling organic seed. Read on the package carefully and it will say open pollinated. The one difficult thing to buy non-GMO is beets. That is why I order those from Baker Creek where they test them to be certain of no cross-pollination. The last thing I want is to be saving seeds that have been patented so we try to be ultra careful.
How To Tell If Your Seeds are Genetically Modified at Local Stores:
If you decide to buy local seeds, go to a farm store and get them to help you with seeds that grow well in your area. Ask for open-pollinated seeds, if possible. Your Agricultural Extension agent will also be glad to answer your questions.
Non-Genetically Modified Seeds That We Buy From Bakers Creek:
Broccoli – Callabrese Sprouting
Squash – Hopi pale gray, Yellow Straight neck, butternut Waltham
Green Beans – Tenderette and greasy grit
Summer Peas – Six weeks, purple hull
Tomatoes – Amish Paste, Roma, Cherokee Purple
Limas – Henderson Bush
Cabbage – Early Jersey Wakefield
Spinach – Giant Noble
Peppers – Cayenne Long Thin, California Wonder, Green Chili, Thai Chili, Purple Beauty, Tabasco
English Peas – Wando,
Peas – Sugar Snap
Okra – Clemson Spineless
We also buy most of our herb seeds here.
Our Local Seed Store:
I buy my collards, turnips, mustard greens and potatoes (Yukon Gold) locally at Hills in Thomasville, NC. They are fantastic folks to deal with and never tire of answering my questions. They also carry chicks, turkeys, guineas, rabbits and on and on. This is a local farm store that is like stepping back into the 1950’s. If you visit them, be sure to allow extra time just to roam around and look at all the toys, animals and plants. They are higher on some things than the local box store, but you really get what you pay for here. I can’t recommend them enough!
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