Baker Creek Seeds, a company that works to maintain heirloom plant varieties from around the world, is doing something really great. From February 25th through midnight February 27th, they will be donating 100% of ALL seed sales to World Help to provide humanitarian aid for Ukrainians displaced by war.
Jere Gettle, head of Baker Creek Seeds, says the issue has a personal connection for him:
“Like you, we are watching the human tragedy of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unfolding in real-time. The situation is chaotic and rapidly evolving, but one thing seems clear: the people of Ukraine urgently need help. It is estimated that already the war has displaced as many as 1.5 million people from their homes.
“This moment holds particular poignancy for me: my ancestors, German immigrants to the region around Odessa, were forced to flee their farm and home in the early 20th century due to Soviet aggression in Ukraine. My great-grandfather, Jacob Hetterle, was just a boy when the family left Ukraine, eventually settling in the U.S., but his memories of the fertile farmland they tended there remained vivid through his life.
“We are also deeply concerned about the ability of Ukrainian farmers and seed savers to continue their work preserving the traditional varieties and crops of Ukraine.”
This is a great opportunity to do something to help the millions of Ukrainians who are about to move out into the world as refugees while you get your spring garden going. Don’t miss out on this chance to do something simple that can really help.
Want some ideas on what to order? Check out some of Baker Creek’s new introductions for 2022:
- Alice’s Dream Tomato: A yellow beefsteak with red striping and a blue blush
- Black Strawberry Tomato: One-ounce cocktail tomatoes with blue, scarlet, and gold marbling
- Natalina di Fasano Cima Grande Broccoli Rabe: From the Puglia region of Italy
- Zapallito del Tronco Summer Squash: From Argentina, also called avocado squash because of its creamy consistency
That’s just for starters. There are lots more crazy interesting varieties to try, many of which you won’t find anywhere else.
Get your order in right away and help get aid to the Ukrainians!