What is an Heirloom Seed?

The staff at Seed Savers Exchange discusses the origin of the word “heirloom” and how they differentiate heirloom seeds from others on the market.

Dust Bowl Family
Displaced people, such as this family during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, can’t carry bulky items on their long journeys. Seeds, however, will fit in a pocket and will remind their growers of the tastes of home for generations to come.
Photo courtesy Library of Congress