One of the major purposes of this heirloom organic seed company is genetic preservation of heritage open pollinated seeds. We believe it is every person’s right to control and grow their own food. We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. Unlike other seed companies (click & discover who...it might surprise you), we will not buy ANY seed from Seminis, a Monsanto owned subsidiary (Click here to learn more about Monsanto).
Heirloom seeds belong in the hands of people, not nameless, faceless corporations that we feel don't have our best interests at heart. Corporations that lobby our government so that GM food goes unlabeled in stores for example. We may not know what is in a box of cereal, but you can trust we will not be buying their seed. With this you have the ability to grow your own clean food for your family.
Do we test our corn seed for GMO?
In light of the recent approval of the USDA to allow genetically engineered beets to enter the market place we have begun a GE testing program. These test are very expensive, but we will begin randomly testing beets, chard, corn and alfalfa for the presence of transgenic contamination. We have a 0 tolerance. Meaning if GE material is found even in trace amounts, we will reject the seed entirely.
Where do our heirloom seeds come from?
Since this company was founded in fall of 2008, we have bought the bulk of our seeds from a cooperative of trusted family seed growers. These seed farmers are in alignment with our goals and beliefs in seed quality. We also grow ourselves on organic plots throughout the county. For example, we have a partnership with an organic winery. Russian River Vineyards was one of the very first in Sonoma County California to be certified organic! Here one of Sonoma county's largest colonies of bats rid the fields of unwanted pest the good old fashioned organic way.
We try very hard not to buy seed from growers who are surrounded by known GMO crops. Several well known heirloom seed companies are located in Oregon. This area of Oregon has had a burgeoning seed business for many years. The challenge is GM crops moved in years ago. There is an estimated 5,000,000 acres of GM crops now planted in this fertile area of Oregon.
Many of the new crops being planted like the GM sugar beets have pollen grains that can float on the breeze for miles. Recently in this area of Oregon for example, bagged bark mulch was found to have GM beet seeds. Imagine laying down bark mulch in your garden only to discover you were growing GM crops! Would a corporate giant come after you for “stealing” there seed? Or more horrifying, what if this seed contaminated any seed you were trying to save? You see this is just one of the issues facing heirloom seed growers these days.
Where does your heirloom seed company get its seed? Seed companies say they travel the world to collect exotic seeds.
Many heirloom seed companies out there tout having hundreds of varieties, but did you ever stop and think where they are coming from? It may sound great at first that you are getting a rare seed variety from China, but did you know that there is an estimated 9.3 million acres of GM crops in China?
It is well known that the prices are much cheaper for seed abroad, but then again so might be the quality of the seed. In many of these countries there is little regulation to ensure seed quality. In fact to import many of these seeds into the U.S. our government requires them to be chemically treated (fumigated) to kill any harmful pest or pathogens. Are you buying treated seeds?
Then there is the whole issue of sending our money abroad. That is the whole reason we have such a foreign trade deficit now. Do you really want to support farmers in another country when our family farmers are literally “losing the farm”? It is important to support local farmers to grow our food and seed crops. We don’t need to transport our food or seed crops for thousands of miles using petroleum when it is grown right here.
More important than all the above listed issues is just the plain fact that farmers have known for hundreds of years…plants grown and acclimated to your area just plain perform better. Any good gardener knows this. I used to spend hours as a kid seeking out heirloom varieties from old gardeners not because I knew what an heirloom seed was, but because it produced better. These plants have acclimated to the area and the strongest survived to pass on their genes. These seeds were coveted and passed down even through family lines.
So ya see there are many things to consider the next time you buy seeds. I can’t claim that we don’t have some level of GM contamination. Although we strive hard to prevent that, we were recently told by a climatologist that the #1 form of pollution they now find in air-born samples is GMO pollen. How do I as a seed grower prevent what is raining down from the sky? There is no easy answer. However I can tell you this.
Open Pollinated Heirloom Seeds
Currently we are choosing not to carry any mass grown F-1 hybrid seed. In fact you will not find them at all in our seed catalog, we only carry open pollinated heirlooms that you can save seed from. Learn to save seed so you can ensure a safe food supply for yourself and family.
I had a dream, that one day my children can grow up in a world with non- GM food.
I dont know if i can ever prove whether or not a seed has been GM, but i think this is as close as its going to get.
I know where I am buying my seed from now on. It has been found that the GMO corn(the stuff that creates its own sort of pesticide) is causing colony collape in bees and that eating GMO corn causes liver damage to those who eat it. What a mess!
Thank you for taking the effort to save these seeds. I'm only a highschool senior, but I became aware of the agriculture industries through school in freshman year and have been researching on my own since. I am strongly considering fighting them as a career, but I am afraid that uncontaminated seed won't be around by then, please continue what you're doing!
I am so happy to see that you are not under Monsanto's thumb. I will be buying my seed from you to grow in Alabama. Thank you.
Do you have any recommendations about where I can donate to a group who provides free seed to community gardens? I am getting married and I want to donate to an organization with this mission in lieu of guest favors.
First of all, I would like to tell you how much I love your company and its offerings. I have been gardening in earnest for only a couple years now, but have had great success with all your products. Plus, I love all that you stand for and promote.Hailey
Thank you so much for sending my order so quickly. I want to thank you for the extra package of eggplant seeds That was very pleasant and unexpected.Kaye
Thanks .. great seeds last year close to 100% germination ratio.Charles
You guys did such a wonderful job! I just wanted to say Thank You!Kim
Thanks for the speedy delivery. The wheat has been planted and the majority has taken hold... already 4" high and its only been planted for 9 days :) I can't wait to plant the other stuff next spring. I told others about your companySam
All I can say is....WOW! The seeds are unbelievable and it is a fantastic company filled with great people. They have an uncomprehensible amount of seeds (more than 1,500) and they are ALL certified organic with tons coming in heirloom varieties....Big Germinator
I kept coming back to your website. I am so impressed not only with the wonderful information on your site, but your whole attitude about sustainability. (Especially when you included how you treat staff is part of it!) Everything you talk...Mary
Also, thanks for the pink jumbo squash seeds; my wife is looking forward to those the most, along with a few Jerusalem melon plants that I am growing. Thanks for your website; I wish I had found it earlier. I've pretty much given up growing...Frank
I absolutely love your company and the work you do. I recently ordered my seeds and am waiting impatiently for Spring to arrive.Lara
My last order was fantastic! So happy to do business with you again!Julia