About twenty years ago, Keith Goldfarb, Nicolas Lindholm and I started the Maine Seed
Saving Network. The three of us did all the pieces, a newsletter, a seed listing, a lending
library, a seed catalog for which we grew, packed and mailed out the seed,and a booth at
Common Ground Fair.
With news of recent decisions at Seed Saver’s Exchange, I had been thinking it
was time to re-start Maine Seed Saving Network We had let it go because SSE was
covering the bases and two of the founding members had young children and busy farms.
When I mentioned this to Will Bonsall, he told me of the early plans for Grassroots.
Early on, I expressed interest in being involved. So here is a bit about my history and
what I may bring to the board.
I started saving seed when I moved to Washington County in 1977. After hearing
Kent Whealy at Common Ground Fair, I joined Seed Saver’s Exchange. Since then, seed
has been the central focus of my world. I collected and listed over 50 varieties per year.
I have worked at Fedco Seeds since 1989. As Division Co-ordinator, I manage
inventory, oversee the seed packing and envelope printing, run the germination test lab,
help decide the direction of the seed catalog offerings/listings, and purchase seed for the
On Seven Tree Farm, which has been certified organic since 2000, my sole focus
other than personal food production is producing commercial seed crops. I currently raise
hot pepper, flower, rice, barley, cucumber, arnica, tomatillo, and tomato seed for 4 seed
companies. I also maintain about 50 varieties for personal listing as well as an heirloom
orchard and over 100 other tree fruits. My husband, Rob Lemire, raises 1000 lbs of garlic
As a freelance writer, I publish in Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening, and
the MOF&G where my Harvest Kitchen column has run for 30 years.
I regularly give talks on seed saving and seasonal food preparation.
I would be able and willing to travel for board meetings near and far and/or to
meet via computer.