Testimonials

Amazing seeds I bought from your company because I have a friend who has a friend who uses your products and I can believe the rate at which they germinate and sprout. I love everything I bought

dakota murtaugh - Verified buyer: Granny Garden

Bug Out Seed Bag and Seed Packs Very Pleased With my order !!!! !!! ,Very fast delivery And nice packaging . The Bug Out Seed Bag was really Nice had all the different kinds of seeds that it showed in the list that would be useful in a BUG OUT TIME !!! Would recommend this company to anyone that wants GOOD SEEDS !!! I Plant Heirloom and Organic Seeds .

Alfred Stamper - Verified buyer: Bugout Seed Bag

This Collection is Spectacular! You get so much for your money! 2 trays, 10 pots with soil and an amazing collection of 10 herbs! When you open up the kit, it's amazing how big and beautiful it is. Thank you Sustainable Seed for such a great herb garden!

Sophia - Verified buyer: Herb Windowsill Garden

Texas Seed colection The selections are awesome. So far every seed has come up. Very good varieties for Texas. Garden all-in-one. Love it.

Elizabeth Clemens - Verified Buyer: Texas Seed Collection

Cigar seed collection The seeds came promptly. The packaging was very nice and the directions were clear. Started them inside under lights. The sweet leaf started right away, the Cuba cigar was a small amount of seed. Tiny seeds like powder. was very careful when planting in the potting growing medium. They grew well but are still small plants. All are in the ground now and also in large pots. Just trying out both. They do need adequate watering. I am in growing zone 8a. Thanks for the great seeds

jannie vaught - Verified Buyer: Cigar Collection

Growing with Sustainable Seed

Welcome to Sustainable Seed Co.

Your Source for 100% Non-GMO and Organic Heirloom Seeds

Since 2008, we've been offering heirloom seeds, garden seeds, and organic heirloom seeds - non-hybrid vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. We are America's best source for heirloom vegetable seeds, heritage grains and herb seeds.

We wanted to offer heirloom seeds for one reason: they're not only our history, but our security. You can save the seeds of the vegetables, herbs and grains we offer, and with the proper methods, reliably get the same plants for generations to come. 

What Makes Us So Special?

We grow our seed in a Sustainable Manner which exceeds organic qualifications.

We spend countless hours giving you detailed information about a variety in our catalog.  No one-liners like other seed companies. 
We even include historical data from catalogs as old as 100 years ago. This serves as a free database to many researchers.

We are real people.  Yes, that kind of sounds silly, but how many times do you feel like you deal with faceless companies and not real people? 
Companies that nowadays just do not seem to care or hold themselves accountable for the things they do? We DO care and we 
are tired of dealing with companies that keep us on hold for 20 minutes when we call or transfer us to an answering service in another country!   

We are here for YOU!

Our Mission

Changing the World, One Seed at a Time

Sustainable Seed Company provides our customers with rare, organic, heirloom seeds for the backyard gardener, market farmers and organic farmers. Our seeds are always non-GMO. Sustainable Seed Company has all your favorite vegetable seeds, as well as, a large collection of specialty varieties such as wheat seeds and other grains, tobacco seeds, herb seeds, flower seeds and cover crops. Sustainable Seed Company also offers bulk seeds for our farming partners.

Sustainable Seed Company carries many specialty seed mixes including wildflower seeds, herb and salsa packs, mixed pepper seeds, mixed tomato seeds, market garden mix, and poultry pack. We have several seed collections - or "instant gardens" which are great to use, store or give as gifts.

Whether you are a seasoned master gardener or just starting out, we have all the resources you need for successful growing. Check out our online videos, tips and gardening books. Or, sign up for our monthly newsletter. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook where nearly 300,000 fellow gardeners are actively posting great information every day. Finally, don't forget our YouTube Channel where you can catch great videos on what's going on around here, as well as good product videos.

Sustainable Seed Company values food independence and sustainability through green agricultural and business practices. Our mission is to ensure the future of food by saving one of our most precious resources - seeds! Remember...good food comes from good seed.

Through sourcing first organic seeds, and then non-organic seeds, we strive to support and expand the organic offerings not only for you our customer, but also to support the farmers who are trying to make a living as Organic Farmers.

Company History

Sustainable Seed Company's founder, John Fendley, or "Farmer John", got the idea to start a seed company while reading through a book of known vegetable varieties. He was dismayed to find that many of the varieties he wanted to grow were no longer available. John had seen his grandmother feed a family of seven from her garden, and knew that access to good seed is the foundation of food security and a lifeline to cultural heritage. He saw the opportunity to put rare heirloom seeds back into the hands of gardeners and farmers, and from his experience as the owner of a retail nursery, he knew the public was hungry for them.

John founded Sustainable Seed Company in 2008 with Theo Bill, whose experience in marketing and graphic design complemented John’s horticultural knowledge and business savvy. They chose the name "Sustainable Seed" to express how this sensibility runs through every aspect of the company. For example, Sustainable Seed Company sources its seed packaging and shipping materials with the most rigorous, comprehensive and ground-breaking standards in the industry, including Cradle to Cradle, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Our first retail store was in in Monte Rio, CA, and offered 76 varieties that first year. The business took off, and it wasn’t long before a customer offered us space to farm on her organic vineyard in Forestville, CA. They began to produce seed on the certified organic winery, with seed stock sourced from the extensive collection of seed bank John had amassed.

In another few years the company was ready to purchase its own farm, and chose the agricultural community of Covelo, CA in Mendocino County, the first county in the U.S. to outlaw the production of genetically engineered crops. Having its own certified organic farm allowed Sustainable Seed Company to advance its goals of sustainably producing the best varieties of heirloom vegetables for organic growing conditions. A wind turbine and a large freestanding solar array provided over two thirds of the power to run the company’s operations. We became a charter member of Partners for Sustainable Pollination, a collaborative effort comprising farmers, growers, beekeepers and scientists working to improve the health of honey bees and support native pollinators.

For several years Sustainable Seed Company operated successfully in the Covelo location and grew so fast that the company saw the need to relocate to a larger area. In 2015 the company moved to the agricultural hub of Chico, CA. It's the perfect location for a growing seed company with a Mediterranean climate that's best for seed production, closer proximity to shipping and distribution centers, and plenty of space to expand the warehouse and farming operations. The new location also offers a retail store that is open to the public.