02 Sep '11, 5pm
Help Save One of America's Heirloom, Non-GMO Seed Houses : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger
D. Landreth Seeds is America's oldest seed company. It was founded in 1784 in Pennsylvania, and carries over 900 heirloom, non-GMO seed varieties. Many of the plants and vegetable varieties we now grow in our gardens are there thanks to Landreth introducing them to this country. For example, Landreth introduced the tomato (then known as "love apple") to home gardeners, and later went on to develop yellow tomatoes. Many of us grow 'Bloomsdale' spinach -- this variety is also a Landreth introduction. And those colorful zinnias that adorn many of our yards? Brought to this country by Landreth after a trip to Mexico in 1798.