Seeds direct from farmers

Writer error resulted in an incorrect assertion attributed to Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds in the story Saving our seeds: A network of organizations sets out to grow organic, regionally-adapted crop seeds for the southeastern United States, posted May 5, 2005.

Contrary to a miswritten quote in the story, Stearns actually emphasized that Seeds of Change buys most of its own seed directly from farmers. The figure is 85 percent bought from farmers during the past six years, according to a Seeds of Change in a statement provided to Further, the company says, “Seeds of Change supplies all of the planting stock seed to these farmers. Over the same period we have purchased the rest of our seed (15 percent) from Genesis Seeds in Israel, a certified organic seed company comprised of 15 to 20 seed farmers.”

Writer Mark Schonbeck and regret the error.

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