Jere and Emilee Gettle have a marvelous vision of preserving our agricultural and culinary heritage, and over the past fifteen years, they’ve built up a seed collection of nearly 1500 types of open-pollinated seeds from all over the world. Their company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Mansfield, Missouri have been featured in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and many others.
Their beautiful glossy rare seeds catalog is one of my favorites, and I spend many (many!) happy hours poring over it when the snow is flying here in Nebraska. The Gettles started hosting festivals in 2000, inviting gardeners and homesteaders to their grounds and gardens to exchange thoughts, seeds, listen to speakers and enjoy and shop from local vendors, tap their toes to old-time music and much more. They also have built a pioneer village, Bakersville, complete with a General Store, Restaurant, Seed Store (of course!) and much more.
You can get more information about the Gettles and their efforts and plans at this website.
I’ve admired this young couple for their work to promote and protect open-pollinated seeds for years, and have dreamed of the day when I could make the time to go to one of their festivals. Their farm is in Mansfield, Missouri, only about a day’s drive from where we live in Nebraska.
So when my sister Anne started talking about how much fun it would be to take a girls’ trip down to Bakersville last spring for the Spring Planting Festival, I didn’t have to think twice before packing my bags. My other sister Mollie and our good friend Anne (not to be confused with sister Anne) didn’t have to think about it long, either, and with a few parting instructions to our families and hugs and kisses all around, we were on our way to Bakersville!
I took a few pictures.
It was a fun and memorable weekend. I want to go back already, and am regretting being such a careful, prudent shopper! I’m wishing that I would have gone a little more overboard, but oh well–there’s always next year, right? Actually, I think I would like to live there on the grounds of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, for a while, anyway. It’s a very friendly place, and it was fun to rub elbows with other enthusiastic gardeners and heirloom seed devotees. There were people from many different walks of life, but I felt at home with them all. Well . . . except for the grumpy lady who kept shooing the little kids away from her during one of the music shows. She scared me a little. She seemed a bit out of place.
Without further ado, I’ll take you on a short photo journey of our trip.
We were happy to come home to planting weather (at last!) so we could get our hands in the dirt, and have fun putting some plants and seeds in our gardens. It was a great weekend, full of laughter and seed-buying and plant-choosing and eating a few special things. We’re already planning another trip. If you’re interested in learning more about the festivals at Bakersville, take a look right here.
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