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Sand Hill Preservation Center

February 23rd, 2010

My mom got this great new catalog in the mail this year from Sand Hill Preservation Center. I’m always on the lookout for places like this to buy seeds from so I brought home the catalog to read through it. I was amazed by the number of heirloom items from poultry to potatoes and everything in between. I’m amazed by all the wonderful things listed in the catalog, the sheer number of heirloom tomatoes is staggering! You won’t be dazzled by glossy pages with beautiful photos, you can tell this catalog is about the preservation of seeds, not about selling the latest and greatest “seedless tomato” or whatever the exciting new vegetable/flower is this year.

This is what they say about themselves:

“We are not a large operation and all of the work is done by Linda and me with occasional inputs from outside sources. The family consists of myself (Glenn) and my wife, Linda. Our two grown sons, Nick and Cory are no longer living at home. We are not a wholesale seed company nor are we a large hatchery. We are genetic preservationists that are in this for the genetic diversity of this planet we all call home. We produce all of our own eggs for our hatches, tend all of our own flocks, weed and care for the seed crops and produce around 90% of the seed which we sell. We also work with several close friends to produce some rare and unusual items to help give you a better variety. We purchase a few common varieties of nontreated seed to expand our offerings.”

I’m certainly glad I haven’t ordered any seeds yet, I’ll be getting some of my seeds from Sand Hill for sure, a few tomatoes. Now if I can only whittle down my list to what will actually fit in my limited garden space. I’m always happy to find out about new places like this order seeds from. I really appreciate what people like this do, devoting their lives to saving heirloom poultry and vegetables. I’ll definitely be supporting their efforts! When I’m in the market for chicken I’ll be buying them from Sand Hill for sure!

Have you found any new seed resources recently?

11 Comments to “Sand Hill Preservation Center”
  1. Green Owl Garden on February 23, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I’m in NY’s Hudson Valley region (zone 5) and my new favorite new seed source is The Hudson Valley Seed Library, The library contracts with regional organic farmers, offering more and more varieties every year.

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    • Susy on February 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Lovely that you can find a local source like that!

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  2. Frugal Trenches on February 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I’ve not found any UK ones, must start looking as I will finally need seeds in the next year!

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  3. Diane on February 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this info with us. I just checked out their website and plan on ordering some seeds soon.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..New Pot Rack =-.

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    • Susy on February 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

      They don’t do website orders so make sure you request a catalog.

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  4. Ken Toney on February 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the info. I requested one of their catalogs. I’m always looking for more seed companies who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. I order most of our seeds from Baker Creek and Johnny Seeds. We save a lot of our seeds, except lettuce, brassicas, greens, and some others that take a lot of effort to collect.

    This year I’m ordering meat chickens from J. M. Hatchery. They sell a breed of broiler chickens that are bred especially for free range and pasture raising. They take longer to raise, but don’t have the health issues common to the cornish cross.
    .-= Ken Toney´s last blog ..Break in the Weather =-.

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  5. Rachel on February 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

    we have ordered our chickens from Sandhill! We found them from a reccomendation of a friend.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog pie =-.

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  6. Dan on February 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I just received this catalog last week. They have lots of interesting stuff, especially in the fall crop department. Try and resist the poultry section :-)
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..A Taste of Spring =-.

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  7. Amy on February 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you ;)

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  8. Dirty Girl Gardening on February 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Nice post… what a sweet looking seed co! I just wrote a tiny post on my blog about a couple awesome seed co’s… and my resource page a a bunch more if you want to check it out.

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  9. MAYBELLINE on February 24, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Please follow up with a review of the seed products.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Hummingbirds =-.

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