If you are interested in what has been happening the the seed industry
Saving heirloom seeds is easy. Select the best example you have grown. Collect the seeds and dry them. Store in a paper envelope (make on from the pages of a newspaper -most are printed using soy based inks now- or telephone book
Johnny's Selected Seeds, located in Maine, Heirloom Seeds, located in Pennsylvania and others supply quality seeds and plants. I have use many seeds from Johnny's with success.