DEAR NEW FARM:
Now that Monsanto has bought out Seminis, I thought maybe
you could help: Where can I find seeds so that I can grow
my own ‘Buckskin’ pumpkins? I’ve searched
the web, called all my local suppliers, and am at my wit's
end. I should have saved the ones I had instead of roasting
them, I guess.
Thanks for your consideration,
A great place to go for heirloom varieties no longer commercially
available is Seed Savers Exchange: www.seedsavers.org.
Seed Savers members are a network of home gardeners and market
farmers dedicated to preserving old-time varieties of vegetables,
fruits, herbs and flowers by saving them and making them available
to other members through the the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange’s
These are all open-pollinated varieties, meaning the seeds
will grow true to type. ‘Buckskin’ is actually
a hybrid, meaning the seeds will either not be viable or will
not replicate the traits of the parent. If you don’t
want to deal with Monsanto or Seminis, other seed companies
carry a ‘Fairytale’ variety described as “buckskin
in color" (www.harrismoran.com/products/pumpkin/fairytale.htm;
This may or may not be the variety you seek, but as a matter
of course you should also know that many other seed companies
buy from Seminis and repackage under their own label (though
they generally preserve the variety name).
Our best advice to you or anyone else concerned about the
consolidation of the seed industry and the loss of traditional,
regionally adapted, beautiful, nutritious and delicious varieties
of produce: Find the open-pollinated varieties you cherish:
and save those seeds!
us with comments, suggestions and questions.