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.

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

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.

University of North Texas. The Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology.

Researches and facilitates local seed saving activities in the Southern United States. Contributions include the Place-Based Foods of Appalachia report that covers of the status of 1,412 place-based heirloom foods in central and southern Appalachia.

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.