Old-timey seeds sow tasty gardens

 

Dr Chris Ray: The South Carolina Crop Improvement Association Heirloom seed collection is one of the most extensive in the United States. We have over sixty species of legumes, beans and peas, peppers, tomatoes, tobacco, melons; just a whole wide variety of heirloom vegetables and they are all significant to the Southeast region.

Millie Davenport: Heirloom vegetables are vegetables that have been handed down for over fifty years from generation to generation, primarily because of how well they taste and how well they grow in these regions. The benefit to South Carolina is these heirloom vegetables provide a diverse gene pool for us to pull from for future breeding. It is also really important for homeowners to have these heirloom vegetables available so that they can have the seed to grow next year.