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What does "open pollinated" and "heirloom" mean?

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What does "open pollinated" and "heirloom" mean?

There's more to deciding what to grow in your garden this year than pretty pictures in a seed catalog! It's been said that the seeds we plant reflect the values of the people that grew them and the places where they were grown. This is obvious when considering run of the mill, bland grocery store produce varieties, bred for chemical factory farming, shipping and shelf life, vs. flavor, beauty, nutrition and hardiness. But there's even more to it than that. It's important for 21st Century gardeners to understand how things were done long before factory farms and genetically engineered seeds. Open-pollination is...

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