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Cayman Islands

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
P.O. Box 203,
North Side
Grand Cayman
Phone: (345) 947-3558
e-mail: info@botanic-park.ky

Cayman Island life, circa 1900. Centerpiece of this museum is a restored farm house, surrounded by a landscape that includes traditional vegetables, fruits, herbs, ornamentals, and other plants.


Canada - Ontario

Doon Heritage Crossroads
10 Huron Road at Homer Watson Boulevard
Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2R7
Phone: (519) 748-1914
Fax: (519) 748-0009

A living history museum, Doon Heritage Crossroads re-creates rural Ontario in the year 1914. The grounds include a village and two farms with period gardens of heirloom vegetables and orchards of historic fruit varieties. Doon offers a number of special events of interest to heirloom vegetable gardeners: a Seedy Saturday seed swap, a heritage plant sale, and a workshop on saving seed.


United Kingdom

Butser Ancient Farm
Chalton Lane
Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 0QE, England
Butser Ancient Farm, Phone: From within the UK phone 023 9259 8838

Anybody who has tried to track down vegetables that are, say, a couple of hundred years old knows how hard it is to find really old varieties. Now multiply that by 10, and you start to get an appreciation for documenting food crops from the British Iron Age, circa 300 B.C. Still, that's what the historians at the Butser Ancient Farm have done. The crops here include Emmer wheat, Einkhorn, oats, rye, millet, peas, vetch, and beans. They even have a wheat that is 7,000 years old. Some of these crops, like peas and beans, are so different from their modern counterparts that visitors today may not even recognize them. Other features at the site, from the sheep breeds to the buildings, are also Iron Age. Wow!


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