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Recently many of us have become concerned about issues such as economic collapse, natural disasters, and food security. Most of us realize that we are totally dependent on big business to feed us and what they are feeding us in the form of GMOs in not only unhealthy, but can evaporate over night.  Food safety and availability is number one in most intelligent peoples mind today. 

Just like you would store water or can goods in an emergency, you need a seed bank. If you don't already have a garden when an emergency strikes you had better plant one and fast. That stock of food will not last long and your very survival may depend on it. What will your family eat if the grocery store shelves are empty?  It is a scary thought considering most people don't even plant a garden anymore.  Did you know that the U. S. census bureau no longer has "farming" listed as an occupation anymore?  That is how far removed from our food we are!

Why we started selling seed banks
In 2009 we started getting numerous of phone calls and emails about about "survival seeds". So we did a little research on the Internet to see what came up.

We were shocked at the outrageous claims being made by people who are not even seed companies.

Beware of non-seed companies selling "survival seeds". Seed companies must adhere to federal germination guidelines. You have no guarantee these folks didn't just buy the cheapest seed and many times foreign seed. You have no idea what the germination rates may be. A few say they buy from a "trusted national seed company"...if it is so trusted then why don't they say the company's name? This is similar to going to the local feed or hardware store to buy your seed. 

Here are some very important things to consider when buying a seed for a seed bank:

 

  • Seed is not manufactured, but grown on a farm by a farmer.  Many people forget this.  It is a living embryo.  It must be treated as such.
  • How seed is stored waiting to be sold.  Yes, that seed looks nice sitting for months in the greenhouse garden center, but it is hot and humid (very bad for seed).  Or worse someone's garage that is running a survival supply company over the Internet. Seeds are living organisms.  Temperature fluctuations and high humidity drastically reduce the viability of seed.  We store our seed in a temperature and humidity controlled room.  We go to great expense to do this.  Our seed is kept at 55* until the time it is shipped to you.  If your very survival is dependent on this seed wouldn't you want the best and freshest seed?
  • Germination Standards.  This dictates how much of the seed you get actually sprouts or germinates.  Seed companies must follow federal guidelines set forth based on these standards.  Who regulates the survival seed/supply companies?  They should fall under the same laws if they are selling seed, but do they even have a license to sell seed?  Did you know that it is perfectly legal to sell onion seed for instance that only geminates at 70%?  Or what about carrots that only have to germinate to 55%?  What if you went to the grocery and the checkout clerk rung you up for an apple then cut it in half and threw half away? That is what 55% germination basically is.  We are a seed company.  Our very reputation is staked on having the highest germination and success rates.  When buying from someone who is not a seed company how would you know the quality of the seed till you 'pop the top" and try to grow it?  What if only a small percentage of your seed germinates?  If you truly were counting on that seed/garden you would starve!  Why in the world would anyone wanting "survival seed" buy from anyone but a reputable, licensed seed company?
  • Foreign grown seed.  Most seed companies and seed brokers buy seed grown around the world.  Many buy from the cheapest sources like China or India.  Why is this bad you ask?  Despite the obvious of not supporting American farmers Click here to read the list.  In short think of it this way...  You want seed as closely adapted to your region as you can possibly get.  Seeds/plants are not widgets.  One type doesn't grow everywhere and produce abundant harvests.  Your success depends on seed that is regionally adapted. I know that most Indian seed companies for instance are not producing plants/seeds that are adapted to my California conditions.  We don't get that hot, humid or have that kind of moisture available to us.  Plants from those seeds will not succeed here.  If my life or "survival" depended on this I would at least want seed that was produced on the same continent! 
  • Seed is a seasonal commodity.  Did you know most seed crops are contracted out a year or more in advance?  There are only so many American farmers growing heirloom seed  these days and most are contracted to large wholesale seed houses that dominate the market.  If you want American grown seed and you are a seed company you must buy from these companies unless you grow it yourself.  Most of these companies will not deal with anyone who contracts small amounts of seed like the hundreds of small survival supply companies or other seed companies popping up overnight on the web.  What does that mean?  That means they must buy from another sub-dealer or seed broker.  So instead of getting the seed straight from the farm then the seed house, they get what has been through many hands, what other bigger seed companies didn't want and lower germination rates .  This seed is transported all over the country through many warehouses, temperature extremes and many types of storage facilities all handling a living organism ... seed.  You can see the problem?  We grow our seed, we contract directly with local farmers and directly buy from reputable seed houses. 
  • Is the seed genetically engineered?  Is it a hybrid?  Can I save seed year to year and have it come true?  Where does it come from? Did you ask?  Most people don't even ask where their food comes from, much less their seed.

"The "worlds largest" supplier of vegetable seed to the market is Seminis. Seminis is owned by the makers of Agent Orange, DDT and RoundUp.   Monsanto is the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed, holding 90% market share for various GE seeds." [1] (Source Wikipedia)      Click here to see what seed companies are selling Seminis seed.

  • Many of these survival seed companies have greatly over exaggerated claims as to food production from their seeds. They say these few seeds will produce "thousands of pounds". How do you get "thousands of pounds" from 20 seed packets?  Others offer seeds in nothing but paper packages with nothing to protect the seed from rodents or moisture. We directly emailed one of Internet's most visible "Survival Seed" companies asking how long their seeds would store this way and we were told "seed will store ten to a thousand years when kept dark and dry". Maybe, if you store it under ground in the desert or in a cave. I assumed he was referring to the seeds found in Egyptian tombs or Anasazi caves??? Most of us don't have a cave handy or live in a desert.  Not to mention, some seeds, like onions, only last a couple of years in the best of conditions.  Obviously, these people don't grow seeds or food for a living! 

 

Seed Shelf Life
Seed Type Years Seed Type Years
Asparagus 3 Muskmelons 5
Beans 3 Onions 1
Beets 4 Peas 3
Broccoli 5 Peppers 2
Cabbage 5 Pumpkins 4
Carrots 3 Radishes 5
Cauliflower 5 Spinach 5
Corn 2 Squash 4
Cucumbers 5 Tomatoes 4
Lettuce 5 Watermelons 4

This is supposed to be a family's life line in case of emergency!!! This really outraged us so we designed our own safety seed in a can. Put your trust in a seed company. Even if it is not our seed company. The whole idea is these seeds must grow food in an emergency!

What do we offer?
We offer a package of our finest heirloom seeds for your peace of mind. 50 varieties of open pollinated, heirloom vegetables, grains and herbs that will be the key to your survival success. Properly planted, this is enough seed to plant over an acre of vegetables, grains and herbs to feed your family. All seeds are packed in individual packages, then packed in a large, resealable space age Mylar package for maximum protection.  This package is sealed in a steel, airtight container to keep your harmful moisture from destroying your seeds. The package is also rodent resistant being made out of steel (you must choose the steel option).  If you live in a high humidity climate or will be storing this in a root cellar, you might want to choose the plastic option.  Steel does rust.  That is a fact of nature and we cannot guarantee cans against rust.  We have no control over the environment you place your can in.  Please choose the plastic option if you cannot keep your can in a very dry place.

We sell only open pollinated heirloom seeds. Which means in the event you don't have access to seed again, you can save the seed from the food you grow and plant more next year. As opposed to hybrid or genetically modified seed. This is key to being self-sustaining in a time of crisis. You must learn to save seed to be self-sufficient that is why we include the best book on the market for just that as a part of this package. No other package on the market currently offers this. It is not enough to just have the seed. You need to understand how to grow it and how to save seed for the future. Many vegetables will cross pollinate and if you blindly save seed you will not necessarily have something edible next year. Learn how to save seed!

All of our heirloom seeds have planting instructions.  Unlike survival seed companies that package seeds in a plain envelopes with just a mailing sticker attached containing the variety name on the package, ALL of our seed is packaged with complete planting instructions. In a time of crisis you may not be able to run to the Internet and look up planting instructions. If you guess and plant seeds too deep you may reduce your yield as much as 80% or worse. Knowledge and information are key to survival. You need planting instructions to be successful.

How Long Do Seeds Last?
Many times we are asked how long will vegetable seeds last? I can understand why when some survival seed companies say their containers keep seed "fresh for decades" in their "hundred year time capsule". That is an outrageous claim in my opinion and unless you're storing seed in a desert tomb or frozen vault I doubt you will be able to pop the top 100 years from now and "grow hundreds of pounds of food". The chart below is a good guide, but you must remember seeds are living things. YES, many times seeds store much longer if stored properly in ideal conditions. Keep your seed dry and cool at all times. Ideally you want to store seed below freezing for maximum storage time, but this is not necessary. The best way to ensure "survival seeds" is to grow them out every year.

 

Here is what you get:

50 packages of Open Pollinated, NON Genetically Engineered, NON Hybrid, Vegetable, Grain and Herb seed.

This package gives you not only vegetables, but life-sustaining grains. Grains are essential for long term sustainability. Think how many things you eat daily that have grains in them. No one else currently offers grains in their package.

Our package also has herb seeds not only for flavoring, but for highly important medicinal purposes. An example is California Poppy. You may ask what the heck is a flower doing in this package? When prepared correctly the root of California poppy has historically been used as a sedative. These seeds were chosen based on our experience of homestead food needs. For instance, Lucullus Chard was chosen not only because of its nutritional value, long growing season or great quantity/size of leaves produced. It was chosen because it is dual purpose. Meaning, it was the standard years ago for feeding livestock and more specifically chickens. You like eggs and chicken? Here you are worried about feeding yourself, but did you even think about what you are going to feed your animals? That is why a dual purpose vegetable like Lucullus Chard is so important. With limited resources, growing many dual purpose foods is essential.

There are many types of pumpkins and winter squash offered in this package. Why? Pumpkins/winter squash are also an extremely useful dual purpose people and livestock food that stores for months without refrigeration. There are beans in this package for drying. Meaning you let the beans dry on the plant, thresh them and store them (again without refrigeration) for winter soups when no other protein is available. There is dent corn (not sweet corn, as you cannot do the same thing with it) in this package that you will also dry, similar to the beans, store and feed it to your animals or eat it yourself as cornmeal.

You get the point. When you buy this package you are buying the knowledge that we have accumulated over the years.
 

High Calorie Crops Medium Calorie Crops Nutritional Green Crops Storage/Canning Crops Herbs & Misc.

 Wheat
Common Barley
Hulless Oats
Grain Sorghum
Forerunner Triticale
Juan Triticale
Trucker's Yellow Corn
Golden Bantam Corn
Contender Bush Bean
Blue Lake Fm1k Pole Bean
Oregon Sugar Pod Pea
Dundale Pea
 

Spaghetti Squash
Black Beauty Zucchini
Straightneck Yellow Squash
Red Mammoth Beet
Early Wonder Beet
Danvers 126 Carrot
Tendersweet Carrot
Emerald Okra
Scarlet Nantes Carrot
Snowball Cauliflower
Harris Model Parsnip
Bibb Lettuce
Bloomsdale Long-standing Spinach
Arugula
Premiere Kale
Waltham 29 Broccoli
Charleston Wakefield Cabbage
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
LI Improved Brussel Sprout
Lemon Cucumber
Ruby Red Chard
Fordhook Giant Chard
Boston Pickling Cucumber
Small Sugar Pumpkin
Roma Tomato
Rutgers Tomato
Purple Top White Turnip
Evergreen White Bunching Onion
Daikon Radish
China Rose Radish
Italian Large Basil
Mammoth Dill
Borage
Sweet Banana Pepper
Anaheim Chili Pepper
Hungarian Sweet Pepper
Utah 52-70 Celery
Honey Rock Melon
Sugar Baby Watermelon
*Substitutions to this list may be made depending on seed availability

 

Customize Your Seed for Your Region

We can customize your seeds for your growing region for an additional $25.00 We are the only company that can do this.  Many of these survival seed companies say they sell "grow anywhere rare heirloom seed". What the heck is "grow anywhere"? If the seed is "rare" I'm guessing it doesn't "grow anywhere"??? I know as a farmer each global region has plant varieties that will do better than others. For example you wouldn't try to grow dent corn in Washington state. Cornbread (made from dent corn) would be tasty, but in those cool summer nights it would never develop. We will custom pack each survival container based on your growing region when you order a custom package.  Please choose the customized package from the drop down menu below.  We will customize your package based on the zip code provided at checkout.  IF you are not buying for that area, please specify in the customer notes where you would like the package customized for.

Learning How to Save Seed

seed to seed Seed to Seed by Suzzane Ashworth 228 pages
It is not enough that you have the seed. It is imperative that you understand how to save your seed as your very life may depend on it. Many vegetables will cross pollinate. If you blindly save seed you will not necessarily have something edible next year. Learn how to save seed! Knowledge is the key to survival success that is why we offer this book. No one else does this.

Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden.

This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.This book is listed at $25, it is yours with this package.  If you are looking for a simpler seed saving book you may substitute Seed Sowing and Saving.  Please say so in the customer notes section when checking out.

All seed cans are packed with with a silicon drying agent and all seed packets are double bagged for protection.

A Final Note

Honestly, it doesn't matter what "survival seed" or safety seed option you choose if you do not have the knowledge to grow vegetables. There are many things out there that just love veggies like deer, gophers, insects, fungus and disease. Then you must understand soil nutrition if you actually want your vegetables to produce a bounty. LEARN NOW while your belly is full and you are not preoccupied with where you next meal is coming from. Right now you have the luxury of searching the web or reading books, but later you may not. Buy a safety seed can, BUT buy a few other $1.99 cent packages of vegetables and start experimenting in your backyard if you don't have a great deal of knowledge. We carry an excellent guide to organic gardening. READ IT.  Talk to other gardening folks, join a community garden and learn how to grow food for your family. It is not hard, but you are not going to be able to "pop a top" on a can of seeds and hope to grow enough food to feed yourself unless you know something about growing the veggies.

 

*This package may not be big enough for a large family. If you have a large family (more than 4) or want a more complete package see our Homestead Package.

*Please note that custom packages MAY take up to a week longer to ship.   Your order must be dried to seed storage specifications before sealing to prevent excess moisture.

*We cannot recommend via email or phone what seed var. would work for your region.  When you customize the package it will be customized for your region based on varieties that are known to grow well for your area and current seed stock availability.  You will not get a "list" of how the package is customized.  That is extremely time consuming for us and it takes much longer to customize packages based on your region already. 

*Further shipping charges and packing time may apply to large bulk orders. You will be notified by email.

Planting instructions for your survival seed bank can be found on every heirloom seed package we sell. Remember to store your seed vault in a cool dry place so that your heirloom seeds will have a long life. Cool means about 55 degrees F. Many survival seeds store for years, but others such as onions and carrots may only last a few. So treat your heirloom seed bank just like your emergency food stores and rotate your seed bank out for a new one every few years. Plant that old seed bank and enjoy the heirloom vegetables theses survival seeds can bring.

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