When I was in Petaluma for the California Artisan Cheese Festival I was staying at the Petaluma Inn. This is the second time staying at this hotel and both times I would look across the street at this Victorian era iron flat building with the words "SEED BANK" painted across the window.
I remember thinking "seed bank"?
My curiosity was peaked but unfortunately both times I was in the area the bank was closed. This inspired me to look into the history of this building and bank.
The Sonoma County Bank building was constructed in the 1920s and is where Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company calls home on the west coast. This seed bank is a beacon for gardeners and foodies alike. They offer over 1,800 varieties of Heirloom seeds and only sell open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural & non-GMO! Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company was started in 1998 by Jere Gettle in Mansfield, Missouri, as a means to preserve heirloom seeds. Later they added a second location in Petaluma, CA.
They also have a variety of locally made items and goods, so even if you are not in need of any seeds it is still a beautiful building and store to check out if you are in the area.
Check em out:
Petaluma Seed Bank
199 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone (707) 773-1336
Come to Petaluma (40 minutes north of San Francisco) and take any exit west into town. They are on the corner of Petaluma and Washington, (199 Petaluma Blvd. N.)