Posted October 15, 2012 — By Patricia Lowry
In many ways, Jen Montgomery and her husband, Greg Boulos, are throwback farmers. They save their seeds from year to year and grow many of their own seedlings.
But their ambitions stretch beyond the wooded boundaries of Blackberry Meadows Farm, their 85-acre organic operation in Fawn. They also want to grow the seed-saving community, in a venture that marries a time-honored agricultural practice with 21st-century technology.
This spring, they’re rolling out the Heritage Seed Collective, a project designed to bring back the lost foods and flavors enjoyed by our Western Pennsylvania ancestors.
They’re starting small and local, eventually growing in their greenhouses 32 varieties, all culturally and historically linked to this region and listed on the U.S. Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s compendium of more than 200 rare and endangered regional foods.
They’re selling the plants at Farmers@Firehouse market in the Strip District, the East End Food Co-op in Point Breeze, Whole Foods Market in East Liberty and Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery in Wilkinsburg.