“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.” –Josephine Nuese
As I type this, we are in the midst of a good old-fashioned Wyoming ground blizzard, complete with road closures, snow sand-blasting your face when you step out the door, and drifts higher than my knees.
We knew it was coming when it dumped nearly 12-inches of snow yesterday. That’s the pattern ’round these parts: fluffy, dry snow followed by 50 to 60mph winds the following day. It happens just like clockwork.
The barn and coop are a snowy disaster, and it takes mountaineering skills to climb the drifts in the barnyard. And so, I’m hunkering down inside with a cup of herbal tea, a roast in the crockpot, and a pile of seed packets waiting for it to pass.
That’s right my friends, it’s seed ordering time.
I’ve been using nothing but heirloom seeds for the last 7+ years and have had really good results with them. (Well, minus the years I’ve killed my garden, but that wasn’t the fault of the seeds.)
Inevitably, when I mention seeds on social media, I’m peppered with a dozen questions or so about my favorite seeds and where I buy them. Thus, I figured it was high-time to write it all out in an official blog post.
What are Heirloom Seeds
Like most things, there’s a considerable amount of debating surrounding the exact definition of an heirloom seed, but most folks can agree on the following characteristics:
Heirloom seeds are:
- Open-pollinated. This means the plants have only been exposed to natural pollination methods like insects, birds, or wind, and have not been purposely crossed with other varieties. This also means when you plant a seed saved from an heirloom plant, it will produce true to its type. All heirlooms are open-pollinated, but NOT all open-pollinated plants are heirlooms. (Some plants are self-pollinated, but they can fall into this same category.)
- Passed down from generation to generation. Most folks agree that in order to be considered an heirloom, a plant must have been around for at least 50 years, although many varieties have been around for much longer. This means they may have been lovingly cultivated and preserved by someone’s great-great-grandma, or grown as a market-variety hundreds of years ago.
- Not hybrids. Hybrids are plants that have been artificially crossed for better production, color, portability, etc. For example, let’s say you have a variety of tomato that grows big, beautiful fruit, but doesn’t produce a large yield. But you also have another variety of tomato that has fantastic yields, but smaller fruit. By crossing these two plants, you feasibly could create a hybrid that would give you the best of both worlds. However, it would be pointless to save seeds from your new hybrid plant, as any seeds you held back would not produce true to the type of either parent. And so if you are growing hybrids, you’ll have to repurchase seed each year.
- Not genetically modified. I see a lot of folks confusing hybrids with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and they are NOT the same thing. A GMO is something that has been altered with molecular genetic techniques. You can’t do this at home and it’s unlikely you’ll run across many GMO seeds in your home-gardening seed catalogs. It costs a lot of money to genetically modify something, so most companies focus on the process for large-scale industrial crops. GMOs are highly controversial, and I prefer to steer clear of them whenever I can.
Why I Prefer Heirloom Seeds
Oh man… Where do I even start?
- The taste! Heirloom veggies haven’t been subjected to selective breeding that favors uniformity and their ability to be shipped cross-country over taste. Heirloom tomatoes taste like, well, tomatoes; not the bland mush you’re used to getting at the store. Last summer I grew an heirloom spinach crop in our raised beds. Normally I’m just “meh” when it comes to spinach; it’s fine, but nothing I really crave. However, I couldn’t get enough of my heirloom spinach crop! It had a flavor like I’ve never experienced from store-bought spinach, and I found myself going out to the garden several times per day to grab handfuls. The taste difference alone is worth sourcing and growing heirloom seeds.
- Adaptability. If you plan on saving the seeds from your heirloom plants, some varieties will adapt to their location and grow a little bit better each year. Pretty cool, eh?
- Seed Saving. As I mentioned above, saving hybrid seeds doesn’t work since the seeds won’t produce true to type. However, you don’t have to worry about that with heirlooms. If you are careful with your seed saving, you could stop buying seeds indefinitely! (Until you start looking at catalogs and you get the itch to try something new… But I digress.)
- Nutrition. There are some interesting studies that have shown a decrease in the nutrient-density of our food supply over the decades. High yields have taken priority with nutrient-content being pushed to the back-burner. While not all heirlooms are automatically higher in nutrients, there’s a very good chance that your heritage veggies will contain more vitamins and minerals than run-of-the-mill, mass-scale-variety grocery store produce.
- Preserving rare varieties. When you purchase heirloom seeds, you’re supporting all the folks over the decades who have taken so much time and care in saving these seeds, and you’re encouraging genetic diversity for future generations.
- The stories. One of the very best parts of heirloom seeds are their stories. There are ancient melons from Iraq, hardy corn developed in the mountains of Montana, globe-like carrots from France, and fluted Italian tomatoes from the early 19th century. It’s really, really hard for me to opt for ho-hum seeds when I have tantalizing options like these available.
Tips for Growing Heirlooms
Heirloom vegetables really aren’t that different to grow than regular seeds. However, here are a few tips to ensure your success.
Tip #1: Go online or order through a catalog. Unless you have spectacular garden stores in your area, you’ll find a much better (and more exciting) variety online or in catalogs. The scant heirloom offerings at my small, local garden stores are disappointing at best.
Tip #2: NOW (aka January or February) is the time to be stocking up on seeds– the best varieties sell out fast and it’s likely they won’t be available if you wait until April or May.
Tip #3: Read the description to find the growing time and any special notes about climate or location. This is the first thing I look for when I’m seed shopping, and it can really make a difference in our short Wyoming growing season.
Tip #4: Experiment with new colors and types of vegetables– get out of the rut of only red tomatoes and only green beans and go crazy!
Where to Buy Heirloom Seeds
I won’t make you wait any longer! Here are five heirloom seed companies that come highly recommended from homesteaders all over. These all sell non-GMO, open-pollinated varieties, although not all of their seeds are Certified Organic. Government organic certification isn’t all that important to me, providing the companies are committed to sustainable growing/sourcing practices.
- True Leaf Market
I started ordering most of my seeds from True Leaf Market in recent years and I absolutely LOVE them. They have high germination rates and a great selection of seeds (as well as fermenting gear, sprout kits, and other awesome stuff). I have done a podcast interview with the owner and I was even more impressed with their company after that interview. Click here to shop True Leaf Market.
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
This is where I’ve ordered almost all of my seeds in the past and I couldn’t be happier. They have a huge variety, a gorgeous catalog, and they include a free pack of seeds with every order. Click here to shop Baker Creek.
- Seed Savers Exchange
A non-profit community of folks who are dedicated to preserving seeds for the generations to come. Lots of diversity to choose from! Click here to shop Seed Savers Exchange.
- Territorial Seeds.
They carry non-heirloom seeds as well, but have a considerable heirloom section of their website. Click here to shop Territorial Seeds.
- Johnny’s Seeds.
Johnny’s carries many varieties, including a considerable heirloom/open-pollinated section. They also have a selection of certified organic seed if that is a priority for you. Click here to shop Johnny’s Seeds
- Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
A smaller company specializing in heirlooms and certified organic seeds sourced around the world. Click here to shop Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
From Holly: “This year I am excited to support High Mowing Organic Seeds with my seed purchase. As implied in their name, they’re raising the bar in having all their seeds be organic! Last year I had good success with cover crop from them. They have an excellent catalogue of veggies to choose from. Check them out! “https://www.highmowingseeds.com”
From Lorna: “Seed Treasures is a great place to order. Jackie Clay-Atkinson and Will Atkinson have just recently begun to sell their seeds, so it’s a very small operation right now. All seeds are open-pollinated and heirloom and have been tried, tested and tasted. You can read detailed descriptions about each seed selection written by two of the most dedicated homesteaders in the business, Jackie & Will. Reasonably priced, too! http://seedtreasures.com/”
From Danielle: “I love Mary’s heirloom seeds and seeds for generations. They’re both great, small Mom and pop type shops that are dedicated to preserving our agricultural heritage and heirloom seeds. Their customer service is amazing. The varieties may not be as plentiful as a place like baker’s, but they do have quite a variety considering their size! https://www.marysheirloomseeds.com and https://seedsforgenerations.com
From Rose: “I discovered True Leaf Market a few years ago and have been extremely impressed. Their seed germination rate is amazing, and their variety is phenomenal. I now go to them for my sprouting seeds and cover crops too.” https://trueleafmarket.com
What’s your favorite place to buy heirloom seeds?
Leave a comment with a link and 1 or 2 sentences why you like them and I’ll add it to this post!
Seed Treasures is a great place to order. Jackie Clay-Atkinson and Will Atkinson have just recently begun to sell their seeds, so it’s a very small operation right now. All seeds are open-pollinated and heirloom and have been tried, tested and tasted. You can read detailed descriptions about each seed selection written by two of the most dedicated homesteaders in the business, Jackie & Will. Reasonably priced, too!
They’re great at responding to your questions via email.
Jill Winger says
Wonderful– adding them to the post right now!
mia sodaro says
I’m so happy to see Seed Treasures on your list! We have been to several of their seminars and consider them dear friends. They have wonderful quality seeds and even sell some we have gifted them! They LOVE trying new varieties ?
Lynnette smith says
Going to check out some of these places. German johnson tomatos are the best I have ever eaten but hard to find. Thanks for the info!
colleen dawson says
wow how do you do it take care of your children, the house the farm ,land, cooking, planting, are you exhausted , lol your amazing. colleen dawson, ontario
Cris - Prairie Homestead Team says
You can see a bit on how Jill actually does NOT “do it all” here: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2017/04/time-management-homesteaders.html
Holly Morton says
This year I am excited to support High Mowing Organic Seeds with my seed purchase. As implied in their name, they’re raising the bar in having all their seeds be organic! Last year I had good success with cover crop from them. They have an excellent catalogue of veggies to choose from. Check them out! https://www.highmowingseeds.com
Jill Winger says
Thanks for sharing! I’m adding them to the post right now!
Danielle McCoy says
I love Mary’s heirloom seeds and seeds for generations. They’re both great, small Mom and pop type shops that are dedicated to preserving our agricultural heritage and heirloom seeds. Their customer service is amazing. The varieties may not be as plentiful as a place like baker’s, but they do have quite a variety considering their size!
Jill Winger says
These both sound great Danielle! I’m adding your comment to the post! 🙂
I just got into heirloom seeds and received my first order from St. Clare heirloom seeds in Wisconsin. Lovely thoughtful faith-filled patriotic company. I’m so nervous I’m going to mess this up but I can’t wait to get started….
Cindy McCallum says
Botanical Interests, out of Broomfield, Colorado, also sells OP seeds, some heirlooms. You can choose to sign up for their highly informative blogs as well, plus their packts have TONS of information inside and out.
Jill Winger says
I love packets with good info on them– just added them to the list!
Jean Alicea says
How do you contact them?
What is the best way to raise veggies from seed inside to transplant in the garden? I’ve killed many seedlings that just didn’t make it til time to transplant. (No green thumb here!)
Kayla- Prairie Homestead Assistant says
Hey Vickie! You may want to check out Jill’s post all about raising seedlings (where she goes into more detail about that) here: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/seed-starting-system.html
I would also add Victory Seeds to your list. From Molalla, Oregon, they are some of the sweetest people in the seed industry, and an early signer of the Safe Seed Pledge. They always get a share of my business!
Jill Winger says
Thanks Brian! Just added them to the list.
I would like to second this nomination of Brian’s. This is the first year I found Victory Seed but although their catalog is small (when compared to these big giant seed companies) their offerings are diverse and unusual in many cases. For this 2018 season, I searched for months trying to find a company which offered a selection of dwarf tomato seeds and couldn’t come up with anyone who offered me any new choices. Everyone I saw, same old…same old. But Victory came through admirably. They do that also with many other types of plants also.
Stephanie Jones says
I love http://www.migardener.com
99 cent heirloom seed packets!! Luke is an amazing resource with his youtube channel as well. That along with Baker Creek is where I get everything.
I totally agree! Luke strives really hard to keep the heritage pure and you can’t beat the price! MIgardener (mostly) and Baker Creek are my seed companies of choice.
Michele D. Yates says
Luke has an informative and upbeat channel and I look forward to ordering from MIgardener. Comments suggest that his seed packets are loaded with more seeds than what is stated.
Regina Foster says
Totally agree with all 3 comments about Migardener.com. Small business owned by Luke and wife Sindy. Luke does tons of videos on how to grow everything on YouTube. Very smart young man got involved with gardening at a young age due to bullying in high school, well educated young man. You can not beat .99 cent heirloom seeds! First year ordering from them and all seeds have germinated.?
Marie Hamil says
I buy from Mary’s Heirloom seeds.com. She has a good variety and great videos.
Migardener for great seeds and free shipping with a $12.00 order. Been buying from them for years with good results. No catalog. Everything is online.
Mandy Dunn says
If you are in Canada, https://www.wildroseheritageseed.com/ is great! I have had great success with many of their seeds and agree with your points above 🙂
Thank you! I have found shipping difficult and was looking for a reliable Canadian seed company.
CeAnne @St. Fiacre's Farm says
We usually buy from Territorial Seeds knowing that they test the seed germination for our area. That Baker Creek catalog is tempting though!! Maybe we will do both this year.
Marlon Tomera says
I buy my seeds from Seed Saver and Baker Creek.
Amy Schafer says
Been buying for years from Victory Seed in Molalla,OR… Small family run company that has really worked hard to offer a large variety of seeds.
My favorite is Japanese hulless popcorn!
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
PO Box 460, Mineral, Virginia, 23117
540 894 9480
I agree with Melanie, especially for my area (South with hot and humid summers). Some seeds from the northern areas work well here, some not so much.
Angie Victory says
I like to purchase my seeds and other gardening items from Berlin Seeds. They aren’t online as far as I know but will take a huge over the phone. 877-464-0892 I have had great success with their seeds.
I also recommend Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I’ve purchased seeds from them for a few years and they germinate well and have great pricing. Plus, their catalog highlights the growers and are very informational.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!! You’re a rockstar.
I’ve been buying from My Patriot Supply for the past four years, I love their selections, fast ship, and prices. I’ve had great success with their seeds! http://Www.mypatriotsupply.com
Here in the Northeast, the Hudson Valley Seed Company gets our vote!! They have an extremely large assortment of heirloom seeds (many of which are grown/sourced locally). Plus, many of their seed packs feature BEAUTIFULLY commissioned artwork!! We’ve always had great success growing anything they provide. hudsonvalleyseed.com
I purchase from Baker Creek last year after your reccomendation. I was very happy with them but decided to try something different… have to try myself and not just take others’ word for it 😉
This year I ordered from Seeds Now!
In addition to the Baker Creek company, I like Pinetree Seeds up in Maine. http://www.superseeds.com
It is a small, family-run company, and the customer service is good. They are from New England, like me. I can use their location as a guide for what will work in my own garden. Most of their seeds are open-polinated or heirloom, but they do have some hybrids. They have many organic options, no GMOs. Their seed packets are a good price and sized right for a home garden. They also offer a good selection of live plants. I have bought onion, sweet potato, and raspberry plants from them which were all very successful.
Baker Heirloom has been my go-to for years. They’ve never disappointed. In fact, I just placed another order with them today!
Baker Creek is my “go to” as well. If any of you are ever in the Mansfield MO area, do yourself a favor and stop by. Their pioneer village is great! Jentri and I can spend an entire day going through the thousands of different varieties of seeds and the numerous outbuildings with good ole homemade goods.
Baker Creek has been my go-to for years. However, our Mojave Desert demands specialized handling, so I’m going to try Native Seeds. Our annual rain fall is 4 inches per year, and the drought of the last few years has brought us even less rain than that. I grow and harvest veggies in the winter, and let the garden lie fallow during the 120 degree heat of late spring and summer. I have a very short growing season, too, Jill, but at the opposite time of the year as yours. Hence, Native Seeds.
Fedco seeds from Maine! A locally owned and operated company. I am entertained by their catalog for days on end, and their prices are great.
And especially you Jill might be interested – They also have a great selection of heirloom apple trees and other fruit trees, all of which are HARDY to some part of Maine. They’ve had the best quality of both that I’ve tried so far.
I’ll be honest, Baker has a flashy catalog, but unless they’ve improved since I tried them years ago, I was very unimpressed with their seed, though their selection is creative!
Pamela M Corcoran says
I am also a great fan of Fedco. I usually order from several sources, but Fedco is my major source of seeds: https://www.fedcoseeds.com/
Cristie Kellar says
-I’ve used seeds from http://heirloomseeds.com/ for more than a decade. I’ve always had great success with germination and growing.
-I have also gotten seeds from Seed Renaissance at http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock. He grows and tests lots of old varieties.
-Peaceful Valley at https://www.groworganic.com has great customer services and wonderful help videos and tips as well as seeds.
-If you in the Bloomington, Indiana area, I’m a garden volunteer at the historic Wylie House (https://libraries.indiana.edu/events/wylie-house-museum), homestead to the first IU president. The garden grows plants that would have been around in the 1860s and sells the heirloom seeds. The annual seed sale is coming March 3, 2018 and can always be purchased in the house/museum.
For all the Canadians out there, I get all my seeds from Heritage Harvest Seed. http://heritageharvestseed.com/ I love that it is a small business in my home province so I am supporting a local farmer. Every time I order she always includes a free package of seeds. It feels like it is a neighbour sharing seeds with me and I am able to try different plants that I didn’t think of trying. Some have even ended up becoming my favourite varieties. Even if you don’t live in Canada, I would recommend browsing and learning the history of different vegetable and flower varieties. Perhaps you can find the same variety elsewhere in your country.
Elizabeth L. Johnson says
http://www.redwoodseeds.net located in the Mt. Lassen foothills of far northern California, husband and wife run, small operation for several years!!!!! I’ve purchased from them for years and always very satisfied. Also, Renee’s seeds, online.
I’m in North Central Mississippi on the Alabama line. I’ve never ordered seed and need suggestions about what will work here. I’ll be so grateful for some good advice. Sweet Community!
Aryn@The Frugal Virginia Farmhouse says
Baker Creek and Seed Savers (which is only about an hour away from me!) have been my go-to for seeds for the last several years. I totally needed a reminder to get on the ordering for this year’s seeds so thank you!
I love St. Clare Seeds. They have great germination rates and ship super fast. https://www.stclareseeds.com/garden-help/ I also buy from Baker Creek, and I’ve gotten seeds from Seed Savers in the past with good results.
Baker Creek has been the most generous company to our school and community gardens. The selection is amazing! Living in coastal Georgia creates garden challenges. I also use Southern Exposure, Botanical Interest and Peaceful Valley.
Robin Riley says
I’ve ordered from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds the last few years and had a lot of luck with their seeds. Last year I ordered some from Baker Creek’s catalog and had a lot of luck with those seeds also. One of my favorite seeds from Baker Creek is a little cantaloupe called Golden Jennie. Produced great tasting individual size cantaloupe!
Debi Ashton says
I tried to find Golden Jennie in Baker’s new catalog. Did you order it last year? I was really hoping to get it ordered.
I love baker creek seeds and I also use sow true seeds seed company in Asheville NC!
We bought seed to raise seed .
We even grew tobacco for seed . We now have so much we are using our stock down to replenish .
We got into an opportunity that well caught us flat footed . I had been trying to buy half a steer ,for beef .The guys car broke down and We ended up with a half angus half holstein yearling,the whole enchilada .Now,We are in a crash course on raising a steer for beef . He has already earned the name ” Hamburger Houdini” .
I have been wanting to make pemmican and with the leaf fat will make ten or so pounds of pemmican . Pemmican is the ultimate survival food .
Kelley Roadruck says
I have heard that one needs to buy seeds from a grower that grows seed in a climate zone as close as possible as where you are planting. I will be planting in a 7a planting zone. Do you have a recommended nursery that raises heirloom seeds in zone 7a?
I also wonder about buy seeds from a zone close to yours. I have had little luck with Seed Savers seeds germinating (could be me…?), and so many catalogs don’t seem to offer seeds that fit the lop-sided growing season in Houston TX (9b). I don’t need broccoli seeds in February or March….
Kayla- Prairie Homestead Assistant says
Yes! Finding seeds/varieties that work for region is really important!
Sandra Palmer says
Baker Creek has a store in the next city over from us. I’ve had good luck with their seed. I’m in 9b in California.
Robin Bisiar says
For the past few years, I have been ordering from SeedsNow. In addition to the great variety, they also offer inexpensive small packs of most seeds. For my family, I don’t have the room for a hundred tomato plants and a hundred pepper plants. It’s great to be able to buy a packet with only 10-15 seeds – that way I can plant a greater variety of vegetables without having to pay full price for packets of seeds, most of which won’t be used. They also sell herb and flower seeds.
I love Turtle Creek Seeds. They have an interesting variety of open pollinated and certified biodynamic and organic seeds. They had a Ukrainian tomato that I tried last year. It grew well and was so tasty! What’s amazing about them also is that they’re dedicated to helping people with special needs lead lives of dignity and purpose – many of whom have jobs helping to harvest and pack the seeds. It’s definitely a company I’m happy to support for multiple reasons!
List of great heirloom seed companies. I’m partial to Clear Creek Seeds.
Katherine Granger says
Hi, great article. I grow local, heirloom, organic seeds to help preserve our seed biodiversity and support a healthy food system. http://www.seedsofimbolc.ca
Seeds of IMBOLC
I love Sow True Seeds based out of Noeth Carolina. https://sowtrueseed.com
Denise Rubner says
Seed Savers is only about a hour away from where we live but have never been there it is on my to do list here real soon. We have allways talked about it. I love growing our food.
Patty Brown says
Sow True Seeds is a small company based out of Asheville, NC. They have seeds that are specially selected to grow in that surrounding area (as well as others!). I also recommend Pinetree Seeds. I like that they are family owned and give outstanding customer service.
Pat Kennedy says
Pinetree located in Maine has organics, heirlooms and also stuff to make your own soap, lotions, candles etc… since 1979. I also like Territorial mentioned in a previous comment. Totally Tomatoes also has some heirloom tomatoes.
A great place to get your Non GMO and Pesticide Free seed stock of Elephant Garlic and a beautiful Purple Striped garlic. Grown in Oregon and inspected by The Oregon Department of Agriculture each season. No minimum orders. Lots of nice pictures on the web site. A small family run farm since 1999.
I just ordered from Pinetree for the first time! A friend of mine lives in Maine and wanted to get her some local seeds for her birthday, but they had so many interesting heirloom seeds I couldn’t resist getting some for myself!
Stephen Wilson says
Organic (USDA Certified) and heirloom seeds
Sow True Seeds
Catalog (free) and storefront
Stephen’s winter tip: Carry a packet of seeds (my favorite are radish) and plant a seed in any indoor pot with enough space to give them 2” of growing space. As you tend to your chores, add a seed ever week or so. Pull the crop as they mature and replace the seed. After about 25 days you will have a perpetual supply to snack on as you go about your day.
This was my first time to your blog – Very cute!
I’m an avid gardener in rural Central Utah. I have had the most wonderful success with Adaptive Seeds.
It is a small seed company and their germination rate is out of this world. I just love them!
I also order from Baker Creek, Johnny’s and Pine Tree Garden Seeds as well as others, but I check Adaptive Seeds website first every time 😉
seminte de rosii says
I like heirloom tomatoes because they taste better. It is known that when creating a hybrid, commercial purpose is the main target. By consequence, very often flavor is not at the top of the list. Instead, hybrids are bred for things like resistance to pests and diseases, and firm flesh and thick skin – so they can be harvested by machines and emerge as whole tomatoes and then to be transported in good condition and stored for a long time.
Kayla- Prairie Homestead Assistant says
Heirloom tomatoes are so awesome! And you’re correct– their flavor can’t be rivaled!
Lexie Smith says
I’m looking to find a seed supplier that is in the southeast. Anyone have any recommendations?
I’ve used Eden Brothers with success.
I seen alot of people recommended Sow True Seed, but I haven’t personally tried them.
Off topic question, sort-of 🙂
How do you keep the space between the raised beds free from weeds?
Other thought: it’s January 8 and I still don’t have any new seed catalogs! Ugh 🙁
J Reavis says
I just ordered a lot of organic seeds from Johnny’s Seeds. Hoping for a good year. Organic corn is so hard to find and Johnny’s has several. Also, I only buy heirloom or organic. I have been for several years and the taste is so much better.
I love Baker Creek and they gave my children’s vegetable cookbook a fabulous review on Amazon! They also sell it in their Mo and CA stores. They are super supportive and all about good stewardship and health for the planet and people. 4waystoyummy
Lisa Petrillo says
My top pick is Sow True Seed. They are passionate about preserving seed diversity and teaching people to save their own seed!
“Sow True Seed was created to preserve our shared botanical heritage and grow a new era of sustainable culture and ecological wisdom. We support independent, regional agricultural initiatives that foster a vibrant, sustainable economy, and true food sovereignty.”
This is a company that deserves support!!
I love trying heirloom varieties because they are fun and new and something you can’t usually get in the store. Thanks for the tips on where to buy them!
Kayla- Prairie Homestead Assistant says
Yup! Heirloom varieties are the best! 🙂
Stanley Kelsch says
Hello, my name is Stanley Kelsch. I am a part of a community of roughly 15,000 people. We are searching for a large quantity of “Heirloom seeds” to accommodate our community garden projects. Please reply back so I can forward you the list I am looking for. Thank you!
My top pick is Sow True Seed. They are passionate about preserving seed diversity and teaching people to save their own seed!
Sparky Reads says
We are looking to find a seed supplier that is in the Californa. Anyone have any recommendations? Please!
Elizabeth Dibble says
Thank you for the reminder to order early. I just got some interesting varieties from Johnnys, I cannot wait to try them.
Betty Ann Duzik says
I buy most of my seeds from Annies.
I also get a few from Baker Creek and RH Schumway.
I but a few from Shumways because I like the 4″peat
pot they have for starting. Not too big or small and
can usually leave them in till I transplant them.
Hi Jill, You mentioned growing spinach that you love and I’m wondering if you would share the variety and where you purchased your seed. Thanks so much!