Seed Savers Exchange and River Root Farm will be featured on Iowa Public Television's "Market to Market," Friday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit seed bank that maintains thousands of heirloom vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants. One of the nation's largest non-governmental seed banks, Seed Savers Exchange carries heirloom varieties that have been passed down through generations of farmers and gardeners. These varieties are valued for their genetic diversity and adaptability to pressures such as climate change.
Seed Savers Exchange seeks to preserve and share agricultural heritage with its membership and the public. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership estimates that about 25 percent of all plants are in danger of becoming extinct.
"We believe strongly that given the changes that are occurring with weather and climate, regional differences, that it's really important that all seeds be maintained for future generations," said John Torgrimson, president and executive director of Seed Savers Exchange. "A hundred years from now we might not know what seeds in our seed bank are best adaptable to the conditions that might exist...here in Decorah."
Market to Market also talked to Mike Bollinger and Katie Prochaska of the River Root Farm, a diversified vegetable and seed farm located near Decorah.
River Root Farm grows garlic with seed stock from Seed Savers, and provides the organization with garlic for retail sale.
Market to Market is produced by Iowa Public Television and broadcast in 20 states on more than 114 public television stations. Hosted by Mike Pearson, Market to Market covers the $100+ billion business of food, and issues affecting the 56 million residents of rural America.
Market to Market can also be seen online beginning Friday evening at www.iptv.org/mtom. Additional analysis from Market to Market experts is also available on this website.
For more information, contact Iowa Public Television at 515-242-3146.