Imagine having the wonderful blessing of marrying into a family of
old world farmers, folks who had come to this area in northern Illinois
back in the 1830s, staking out their claim, and their family
successfully farming with heirlooms here ever since. This is where I
found myself when I married my wife, Kim.
It was the 1970s and we were in the middle of an oil crisis. There
were long lines at the gas pumps and Jimmy Carter was telling us to put
on a sweater and turn down the thermostats. I had always loved the
outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, and trapping. But during this
period of time, thanks to Kim's grandfather, Warren, I really began to
get interested in a self-sustaining lifestyle. I dreamed of having an
off-grid way of life where I didn't have to depend on anyone else to
provide my family the basic necessities of life. Heirloom living was a
lifestyle I sincerely wanted to cultivate, with time spent building
closer relationships with family, animals, and of course, the land.
Kim's grandfather's ancestors (four brothers) moved to
Illinois after the Black Hawk War in the early 1830s. They brought with
them heirloom seeds from the East coast. Farming "close to the land"
wasn't an option for these folks. Living from the land was a way of life
for almost everyone of that era. These family members were pioneers,
shakers and doers, educated, and people of letters. Their education and
experience taught them that God had a playbook (the Bible), and that as
long as you operated within the parameters He laid out, you'd do just
fine. It was a period of time when men and women knew their boundary
lines and when people journeyed too far off the path... trouble always
followed. They were keenly aware that their lives depended on good
stewardship of the land. And messing with creation? Well, for the most
part, that was "flirting with disaster" and everyone knew it.
We're seeing just the opposite of that today with the rise of
GMO hybrid foods, the lack of diversity in Big Ag farming methods, as
well as tons of chemicals that are being poured in the dirt and on our
foods. Even worse, the dangerous Frakenfoods being produced through the
introduction of foreign bacteria and junk DNA into the seed crop. Cancer
and disease are increasing exponentially as we tinker with our food
global elite have been secretly storing heirloom seeds near the North
Pole in a "doomsday" seed vault since 2008. But here's the thing:
Bureaucrats and elitists aren't the kind of people who should control
our seed stock. Seeds belong to the people. We started Heirloom
Solutions, because we wanted to be sure seeds stayed in the hands of the
people. If you've got heirloom seeds, you'll always have plenty of
food. Kim's family knew this in the 1830s and it's still true today.
Heirloom Solutions is the natural outgrowth of our popular
Survival Seed Bank. As our customers and friends have asked for more
varieties, we've done our best to find the most hearty ones available.
We think the Lord has blessed us with an abundance of food options on
this little planet. And by utilizing those natural crops, we all gain
good health and economic stability for ourselves and our communities.
What could be better than showing the kids and grand-kids how
to raise their own food and then showing them how to share that food
with others? It worked in the 1830s and it can work today!
God bless, and happy gardening!
President, Heirloom Solutions