I am so eager to plant these soybean seeds! My friend Julia gave them to me last fall; they were seeds from her plants that she had grown from seeds she purchased at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia earlier that year. Bartram's Garden is the home of John Bartram (1699-1777), America's first great botanist, and these seeds are from the soybeans grown at the gardens today.
I've been avoiding soybeans, as most soybeans in the US are genetically modified (shame, shame, shame on you arrogant seed companies that dare to mess with sacred seeds!!). So, the gift of these heirloom soybean seeds felt like a rare treasure indeed!