It all starts with the seed, Navazio said. “The right seed comes from good varieties for the region, whether it’s cover crops, grains or vegetables.”
People who get their seeds from catalogs have a limited selection, and they’re dependent on what is available. If a variety has been discontinued, they’re out of luck. But those who grow their own seed in network with other farmers always have a wide variety, specifically suited to their growing conditions.
Some local growers are even producing for those seed catalogs.
“The local economy of seed evens out the farmers’ market. That’s what’s powerful,” he said.