THE SAFE SEED PLEDGE
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners, and consumers who want an alternative we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered (GMO) seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families, or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing are necessary to further access the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately people and communities. To learn more about the above pledge and which seed companies or individuals have signed the above pledge, contact:
COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE GENETICS
5 Upland Rd Suite # 3
Cambridge, MA 02140
Phone # 617-868-0870
Fax # 617-491-5344
How We Started
Prior to 1989, Norman Kilmer was a dairy farmer and part time seed corn salesman who provided gift packets of sweet corn to farmers purchasing their field corn seed from him. The farm wives were interested in buying the sweet corn seed, so in 1989, Norman offered four varieties of sweet corn and one variety of shell peas. That fall, he sent out questionnaires on varieties of seed desired and Morgan County Wholesale was started. Along with the name change, the size and scope have also changed. The knickknacks, handmade wooden farm animals, and novelty items they originally handled have been dropped and Morgan County Seed is now probably the largest retail vegetable seed dealer and the largest wholesale dealer in Missouri. They now handle over 1000 varieties of seed.
Who We Are
I am Errol Ahlers and Norman has been very helpful as I have gotten into vegetables and flowers. His faith prevents him from going on line, so I have undertaken to put his catalog on the web for the world to see. Some of my prices may be slightly higher than the catalog to help pay the cost of being online and some may be lower due to the problem of keeping up to date on 3,000+ prices.