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Above and beyond seeds

Vavilov led 115 expeditions to 64 countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Taiwan, Korea, Spain, Algeria, Palestine, Eritrea, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and the US, to collect seeds of crop varieties and their wild ancestors. Based on his notes, modern biologists following in Vavilov’s footsteps are able to document changes in the cultural and physical landscapes and the crop patterns in these places.

Vavilov dreamed of a utopian future in which new agricultural practices and science could one day create super plants that would grow in any environment, thus ending world hunger.

Lysenko rejected Mendelian genetics and developed a pseudo-scientific movement called Lysenkoism. His quack theories about improved crop yields earned Stalin’s support, following the famine and loss of productivity resulting from forced collectivization in several regions of the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. In fact, Lysenko’s influence on Stalin ensured that scientific dissent from his theories of environmentally acquired inheritance was formally outlawed in 1948.

“He was one of the first scientists to really listen to farmers – traditional farmers, peasant farmers around the world – and why they felt seed diversity was important in their fields,” says Gary Paul Nabhan, an ethnobiologist.

Although Lysenko’s 25-year domination of Soviet biology ensured that a considerable part of Vavilov’s seeds became degraded and unusable, Russian writer Genady Golubev wrote in 1979 that “80 per cent of all the Soviet Union’s cultivated areas are sown with varieties” derived from Vavilov’s collection.

“After over a year-and-a-half of eating frozen cabbage and mouldy flour, he died of starvation,” says Nabhan. “The man who taught us the most about where our food comes from and who tried for over 50 years to end famine in the world died of starvation in the Soviet gulag.”

Vavilov’s legacy

In September 1941, when German forces began their siege of Leningrad, choking food supply to the city’s two million residents, one group of people preferred to starve to death despite having plenty of ‘food.’

Vavilov had travelled five continents to study the global food ecosystem. Calling it a “mission for all humanity’’, he conducted experiments in genetic breeding to increase farm productivity. Even as Russia was undergoing revolutions, anarchy and famines, he went about storing seeds at the Institute of Plant Industry.

The primary reason for our existence as an organization is to help protect open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties during a time when the diversity of food crop cultivars on our planet is quickly shrinking. Regions of the planet that once provided much of the genetic material for our domesticated crop plants is rapidly being destroyed or irreversibly damaged. Additionally, in the past several decades, there has been a growing trend of mergers and consolidations among the seed industry. With responsibility to shareholders as a motive, less profitable and similar seed varieties are being dropped from the seed lines of the combined companies. In many cases, these plants are forever lost to us all.

Unlike most seed companies that purchase all of their seed stock and repackage, we actually are farm-based , live a farm lifestyle, and what seed we don’t raise here, we obtain from a network of carefully selected growers. We then store them under controlled conditions until they are shipped out to you. Our packaging , with our inner resealable bag, reflects how we work to maintain the viability of your seeds.

In summary, our goal as an organization, is to provide you, our friends and supporters (customers), with the highest value for your hard-earned money — a good selection, reasonable prices, high quality open-pollinated and heirloom seeds , and responsive customer support. We want your gardening experience to be positive and fruitful. If you are successful, we are successful. We hope that you will give us a chance to prove ourselves as a company worthy of your support.

Along with our seed selection, we offer quality. Our Victory Seeds ® meet, and usually exceed, industry and regulatory standards (refer to our warranty page ). Instead of seeds that are packaged ahead of time, moved through various distribution locations only to end up sitting on a rack in the garden center of “big box” stores, our seeds are received, quality checked, and stored until their sale.

Why Support the Victory Seed Company?

We hope that you will use the links at the bottom and take some time to learn more about our work and our services.

As we witness the elimination of old varieties from other company’s offerings, the emphasis of commercial unstable hybrids , and the proliferation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we feel an urgency in our mission. We have therefore dedicated our efforts to preserving and promoting the use of open-pollinated varieties — old commercial releases as well as family heirlooms — and working towards the protection of our genetically diverse horticultural heritage . We truly believe in teaching these principles to all who are willing to learn.

Welcome to VictorySeeds.com , the Web home of the Victory Seed Company and our packets of Victory Seeds ® . We currently have hundreds of open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties in stock and ready to ship.

Customer service is also very important to us. We work hard to promptly answer email, fill orders quickly, and update product availability information on this Web site as it changes.