Heirloom Varieties

Patty pan squashRemember that special plant from your grandparents' garden that you wish you could grow now? Find information about those fruits and vegetables valued, saved and passed down through generations.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

"This publication is a timeless, illustrated - look back - at 36 vegetable varieties commonly grown during the 1800s... Excerpts from that century's garden books as well as recipes included."

Heirloom Vegetables  ( pdf | 212.4 KB )

University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture. New Crop Opportunities Center.

A fact sheet that covers marketing and production considerations for heirloom crops.

Clemson University. Cooperative Extension Service. Home and Garden Information Center.

Gives hints on saving seed and lists some heirloom varieties of beans, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, okra, peas, peppers, potatoes, squash and pumpkins, tomatoes and watermelon.

Seed Savers Exchange.

A nonprofit membership organization of individuals working locally and internationally to save heirloom garden seeds and offering a large selection of those seeds for sale. The catalog of seeds derives from a diverse selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers maintained by the group in its seed bank and preservation gardens.

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

In this archived guide:  Vol. 1 is an annotated bibliography of general sources and works on seed production, breeding and genetics and particular crops. Vol. 2 lists resource organizations including exchanges, growers, public gardens, genebanks and seed companies and nurseries. Vol. 3 covers historical literature and the history of varieties.