Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things, and at age 3, he planted his first garden. Ever since that day, he wanted to be involved in the seed industry. So at the age of 17, he printed the first small Baker Creek Heir­loom Seed catalog in 1998. The company has grown to offer 1,400 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs — the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the U.S.


Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things, and at age 3, he planted his first garden. Ever since that day, he wanted to be involved in the seed industry. So at the age of 17, he printed the first small Baker Creek Heir­loom Seed catalog in 1998. The company has grown to offer 1,400 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs — the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the U.S.

Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heri­tage.

Baker Creek started hosting festivals in 2000 as an idea to bring gardeners, homesteaders and natural food enthusiasts together to exchange thoughts and seeds, listen to speakers and enjoy vendors, old-time music and much more. These festivals gave birth to the idea for a pio­neer village, Bakersville. Other projects include trial gardens, seed collecting expeditions, online forums at idigmygarden.com and educational produce exhibits.

The Spring Planting Festival will be held May 1- 2. The national event includes speakers, music, demonstrators and 100 vendors with thousands of varieties of heirloom plants. Held at the farm and village near Mansfield.  

Enjoy a sense of community with fascinating seed collections, renowned musicians, national speakers, historic demonstrations, home schoolers, organic growers, gourmet chefs, free-thinkers, historic farm animals and poetry, Ozarkian crafters, trendy vendors and herbal hippies.

From March to November: Heritage Day Festivals are held the first Sunday of the month at the farm. Come celebrate the seasons with us; enjoy music, produce, crafts and much more.

Over the last several years, Jere Gettle and his wife, Emilee, the owners,  have branched out into other related projects as well, including The Heirloom Gardener magazine, which is now in its seventh year of publication. They have also expanded to a location in Sonoma County, California, in the town of Petaluma. Their most recent project is the restoration and preservation of the Wethersfield, Conn., landmark, Comstock, Ferre & Company, the oldest continuously operating seed company in New England. We are now writing several books with Hype­rion, a division of ABC/Disney. These works will feature heirloom vegetables and our work with seeds and food.

The company also works extensively to supply free seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries, as well as to school gardens and other educational projects here at home. It is their goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and to fight gene-altered Frankenfood and the companies that support it.

Come enjoy the beautiful Ozark hills and the farm and pio­neer village; shop for seeds, see the gardens, animals and authentic pioneer village. Eat at the restaurant that is open for lunch. Learn about what they do first hand.

The Village began with the original seed store where you can shop for more than 1,300 varieties of seeds — plus, you can find books, CDs, tools, T-shirts, caps and just about anything you’ll need for your garden. Sometimes, they even have baby chicks.

Little by little, the company has added buildings to the historic property around the seed store to create our authentic pioneer village. Open year-round to the public are a speaker barn, Dave Kaiser and Tomatoesrestaurant, an old-time mercantile, herbal apothecary, natural bakery, garden museum, blacksmith shop, two music barns, a Western jail, a native-rock oven, a windmill and many breeds of historic poultry and livestock — always a favorite with the kids.