- Our Pledge to YOU & Our Future -

Sustainably Grown Means...

We do not knowingly grow OR buy seed that is surrounded by GM crops.

We do not buy seed from abroad.  We support local farmers and their families. When you buy seed from us, you are supporting American farm families.

We do not chemically treat our seeds, and since we do not buy from out of the country, the USDA does not treat our seed like many seed companies.  Do not assume that if a company uses the word “heirloom” that it is grown here in the US.  In fact, we get hundreds of emails from companies in China and India trying to sell us cheap ”heirloom” seed.

We grow seed strictly without the use of ANY chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We use only organic fertilizers and methods of pest control.

We farm in a sustainable, water conscious and environmentally responsible manner.

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.  We will not buy ANY seed from Monsanto or Seminis, a Monsanto owned subsidiary.

Where do our heirloom seeds come from?

Since this company was founded in the fall of 2008; we have purchased 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.

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 know 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?

More important than the above listed issue is just a 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 you see, there are many things to consider the next time you buy seeds.  I can’t claim that we do not 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:

We do not knowingly grow/buy seed that is surrounded by GM crops.

We do not buy seed from abroad.  We support local farmers, their families and our local California economy.  When you buy seed from us, you are supporting these California families.

We grow local seed that California gardens will succeed with.

We don’t chemically treat our seeds.

We grow seed without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

We farm in a sustainable, water conscious and environmentally responsible manner.

We are the Sustainable Seed Company - We are here to help you grow!

 

Sincerely yours,

Farmer John