Sara Straate is the seed historian at Seed Savers Exchange. Sara coordinates the Collection Origins Research Effort, a project to enhance the historical documentation behind each variety in the Seed Savers Exchange collection. Seed Savers Exchange maintains more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and plant varieties, including over 1,000 varieties of heritage apple trees. Sara researches the story of each variety, documenting its history and the lives of the people who brought it to the collection. This research involves gathering stories, memories and cultural information from seed donors and their families to tell the rich story of America’s gardening heritage.