Nefertiti Spankorama, Queen of B.F. Egypt (nefri) wrote in growing_food,
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When food prices get really high, one very good way of offsetting family costs and insuring health is having a garden. Even seeds will start getting really expensive, so I have put together a list of the best seed sources in the US for everyone, plus a little info about them here.

First step is to store seeds.

It may well be that a lot of people that are reading this don't even have a garden. Well, I can tell you this if in a catastrophe you need to plant a garden and you aren't going to be able to unless you have seed.

Therefore, I still think the first step here is to get people (YOU) to store seeds.

This is VERY important and it is important that you do it NOW because there is a narrow window when it is available. Just be sure that you get Heritage Seed and NOT hybrid.

U.S. Heritage Seed Supplier List
(listed alphabetically)

Aurora Farm (was in Creston, BC)
(now moved into the US)
Aurora Biodynamic Farm
157 Turner's Mill Road
Antrim, NH 03440 [no telephone yet]

No, not Canadian any longer. We were the first Biodynamic seed company in North America. We are a family-owned business. We have signed the Council for REsponsible Genetics "Safe Seeds" pledge...i.e., no GMOs, ever. Food security and food sovereignty begin with seeds. - Barbara Scott

This family promotes the Native Tradition regarding seeds. They are a
particular source for the THREE SISTERS but also have nature oriented "Bee
and Butterfly" garden collections. Heirloom varieties of medicinal herbs is
something else that they offer.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Rd.
Mansfield, Missouri 65704

This company sells only non-hybrid vegetable, flowers and herbs. None of the
varieties sold are hybrids, gene-altered or patented. Well worth
investigating. Catalogue free.

Cook's Garden
Box 535
Londonderry, Vermont 05148

Cook's Garden is committed to ecological and sustainable farming methods.
All seeds are untreated and time tested. Claims to be the largest selection
of lettuce and salad greens in the world. Catalogue free.

Deep Diversity
P.O. Box 157000
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506-5700

1000+ varieties emphasizing biodiversity, food plants, herbs, flowers, fibre
plants, heirloom and medicinal. Seeds of Change merged with Peace Seeds and
Deep Diversity. Organic and open-pollinated flower herb and vegetable seeds
featuring many heirloom traditional and other rare seeds. Collections built
around specific themes. Checks or money orders only accepted for seed
orders. Catalogue $4

Down on the Farm Seed
P.O. 184
Hiram, Ohio 44234
(I searched - but couldn't find a web address.
They seem almost to pride themselves in that.
Lots of talk about them, however).

Offers a full line of untreated open-pollinated, heirloom vegetable, herb
and flower seeds. All seed packet except corn are $1. Catalogue free.

Eastern Native Seed Conservancy
Box 451
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
413-229-8316 (doesn't work) (I have emailed them for a web site)

A seed-conservation program for heirloom and historical varieties of the
Northeast U.S. food crops including native varieties. Heirloom tomato
project promotes tomatoes and local value added products.

Garden City Seeds
Box 307
Thorp, Washington 98946

Specializes in varieties adapted to northern climates. They offer a number
of heirlooms which are marked as such. Catalog is worth having for the
wealth of information it contains. Free Catalog.

Heirloom Acres Seeds
PO Box 194
New Bloomfield, MO 65063

A Christian family business selling over 450 open pollinated and heritage
seeds. Catalogue free.

Heirloom Gardens
13889 Dupree Worthey Rd.
Harvest, Alabama 35749

Catalog Online only. Organically grown seeds of heirloom and rare varieties
many from the pre-1900's.

Heritage Seed
2800 East Jackson St. Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 255-9503 or (309) 836-3199
(another one for which I didn't find a web page.
But - I didn't try to call them.)

Alfalfa, Corn, Cool Season Grasses & Legumes, Grain Sorghum, Red Clover,
Soybeans & Sudan Grass.

High Mowing Organic Seeds
813 Brook Road, Wolcott, VT 05680
Phone: (802) 472-6174
Fax: (802) 472-3201

Assorted Herbs, Flowers & Vegetables

Johnny's Selected Seeds
955 Benton Avenue
Winslow, Maine 04910

An excellent selection of varieties regionally adapted to New England.
Johnny's does plant breeding and thoroughly tests the varieties it offers.
Catalogue free.

Landreth Seed
P.O. Box 16380
Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2229

The oldest seed house in the U.S. Hundreds of varieties of heirloom
vegetable seeds, flower, herbs. Online shopping cart. Printed catalogue
available for $10 with cost deducted from first order.

Native Seeds/SEARCH
526 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85705
520-622-5591 (doesn't work)
(I emailed them for a web site -
but the email address didn't work either)

Seed conservation which focuses on the traditional native crops of the U.S.
SW and Mex. NE. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and a 10% discount on
purchases. All seeds for desert conditions. Books and value added products
listed. Catalogue $1


Redwood City Seed Co.
Box 361
Redwood City, California 94064

Ancient varieties of vegetables, culinary, and medicinal herbs. Catalogue

Sand Hill Preservation Center
1878 230th Street
Calamus, Iowa 52729-9659

Dedicated to the preservation of Genetic Resources . Offers over 175 breeds
of rare poultry, 700 varieties of Heirloom Seeds and sweet potatoes. No
calls on Sunday or Mondays and after 9:45 PM. Postal Money Orders only.
Catalogue free.

Seed Savers Exchange
3076 North Winn Rd.
Decorah, Iowa

A grassroots exchange. Members receive two information filled issues and
huge seed listing. Membership $35 SSE subsection "Flower & Herb Exchange"
U.S. $12 A free heirloom and products catalog published for the general

South Carolina Foundation Seed Association
1162 Cherry Road
Box 349952
Clemson, South Carolina 29634

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Box 460
Mineral, Virginia 23117

A seed company dedicated to preserving our vegetable heritage. Offers many
heirloom varieties gives many background and dates of introduction. Many
varieties especially for the climate of the mid-Atlantic region. Catalogue

Southern Seed Legacy Project (PASS)
c/o Agrarian Connection 10 Legacy Rd.
Crawford, Georgia 30630

Catalog online only. PASS (Pass Along Southern Seeds) is an initiative to
promote the conservation through use of both cultural knowledge and heirloom
plants of the South.

Thompson and Morgan
Box 1308
Jackson, New Jersey 08527-308

Catalog has a huge variety of seeds with in-depth information. Orders are
accompanied with "The Germination Times" a booklet on starting various
seeds. Some heritage and many unusual seeds offered. Catalogue free.

Underwood Gardens
4N381 Maple Ave.
Besneville, IL 6106

Many hard to find or endangered, untreated, open-pollinated seeds of
heirloom vegetable, herbs and flowers. Catalogue $3

Victory Seed Company
P.O. Box 192
Molalla, Oregon 97038

The Victory Seed company is a family owned and operated garden packet seed
company specializing in open pollinated and heirloom seeds. Catalog cost
refundable. Catalog on line with many heirloom tomatoes. Catalogue $2.


I have spent quite a few hours
compiling this list -
using the Seeds of Diversity list
and hours typing it in -
and then I found it online at:
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