MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges

Garden Gate

5. Heirlooms Forever!


  • As you plan your garden in the spring, look over heirloom varieties of seeds.
  • Read the book Gardening with Heirloom Seeds by Lynn Coulter.
  • Replace 5% of your plantings with heirloom varieties.


  • Learn how to save seeds.
  • Save the seeds of your heirloom plantings.
  • Plant at least 25% of your garden to heirloom varieties.


  • Continue to save the seeds of your heirloom varieties and plant them in your garden.
  • Plant 50% heirloom varieties.
  • Offer your excess saved seeds to friends, relatives and other farmgirls. Explain the need behind saving the heirloom varieties that you have chosen.

(The book required for this badge is available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; e-mail

April, 2024 Edition