One thing that struck me about the All Things Organic Show here in Chicago last week was the common element in keeping things simple, real and functional and providing sustainable items for the everyday public.
The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was there and I had the opportunity to meet Ira Wallace who is one of the co-managers. She was very excited to be at the show it was obvious that she was very passionate about what she did.
The premise and mission of the Exchange is simple as stated on their catalog: "Saving the past for the future." They do this through educational programs and providing garderners throughout the US and Canada with a source of heirloom seeds with a strict Non-GMO policy (genetically modified organisms). In addition, they participate in the Hertiage Harvest Festival at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's estate in Charlottesville, Virginia, an event open to the public and worth checking out if you are in the area.
I took home a packet of Popcorn Seeds and hope to check out some of their herb varieties and other seeds soon. If you're interested in sustainable gardening, then definitely check them out. Their website has some great articles and ideas for both the budding and expert gardener.