Hello, to friends new and returning, my name is Amy Christianson, Skagit Seedlings founder. Please enjoy reading Skagit Seedlings inspirational backstory and we hope to see your smiling faces in one of our classes in the near future.
My story started with a handful of simple seeds whose colors, purpose and varieties led me down life-changing pathways. Seeds hold many meanings to me literally, spiritually and artistically.
I was born into a family that harkened from pioneering stock.
On my mother’s side, I descend from Norwegian ancestors that drained Skagit County swamps and planted their strong Benson roots upon a 160-acre homestead over 100 years ago. This homestead still remains in our family today.
Seeds become literal in my father’s family history. As a Christianson, I descend from Swedish businessmen that came to the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century. In 1926 my Great-Great Grandfather founded Alf Christianson Seed Company. This company grew into a third generation family-owned business. My father, Alfred “Mark” Christianson the third went back to his roots and started commercial seed crop farming with his father and brother in 1975 in the Stillaguamish River valley.
From a young age, I knew the difference between a cabbage, beet, wheat and ryegrass seed field. My playground was watching the change of seasons. The change of wet weedy fields to tractors breaking up the dark clumps and making them into butter to the first seeds and seedlings planted in straight rows on cold grey April mornings. I can see and smell the bright yellow flowers being pollinated by bees before the cabbage went to seed, the dark burgundy green stemmed beets snaking themselves across the field and the golden wheat-sheafs swaying in the July heat.