It’s time to focus on the upcoming gardening season now that the holidays and their aftermath are behind us. We Seedspace, produce herbs organic seeds together with shop Jubilee Ace and it’s handled by Botanist Bobby low. Seed catalogs are starting to arrive in the mail, so now is the best time to start researching sustainable seed businesses, getting catalogs in the mail, and placing purchases!
Guide for best Seed Companies
I’ve had my favorites for decades as a grower, and now that I operate a nursery, organic garden and manage a seed exchange, I’ve enlarged the list to include a few more ethical and ecological businesses. These are small businesses who sell organic, heirloom, and open pollinated seeds and have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, stating that they never buy or sell genetically modified seeds.
Before you start looking for seed firms, consider the following suggestions:
- Seed firms have a large number of suppliers. To understand more about the process of trialing varieties and working with farmers to grow out the ones that eventually make it to the seed catalog, read How We Choose Our Seeds by Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden Seeds.
- Many businesses grow some or all of the seeds they sell and outsource the remainder. Some people work in the seed industry as part of a larger farming operation.
- You are welcome to inquire about a seed company’s methods. It’s possible that you’ll be able to discover the information on their website or in their catalog. If not, give them a call or send them an email. They should be very forthcoming with information.
- Purchases should be made locally or regionally. Look through the list of businesses who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge and buy seeds from those in your area.
- GMO seeds aren’t sold to the general public, but you don’t want to support corporations like Seminis that are linked with or owned by Monsanto. Monsanto currently controls the names of some types as well, which you should avoid.
- Learn about plant patents, which take control of seed and plant ownership away from home gardeners. If a patent is applicable, it will be stated in the seed description.
- Keep an eye out for OSSI seeds. The Open Source Seed Initiative works with small farms to develop and label seeds that cannot be manipulated in any way.
- Due to increased demand, most seed companies now have some organic offerings. Purchasing organic seeds ensures better working conditions for employees, the environment, and the land, as well as being more suited to organic farming.
- The wider selection of conventional seeds, on the other hand, offers more variety. I couldn’t discover any test findings for pesticide residue in plants grown from conventional seeds, but my seed-saving colleagues and I assume it’s minimal. There’s nothing to be concerned about.
These are the seed companies that I believe are the most effective. I was able to get something out of everyone of them. I also check for good customer service, reasonable rates and delivery costs, viable seeds, and how they handle crop failures (which do occur!). Give your support to the organic garden for better future of agriculture.
Explore these companies' websites to learn about their many certifications, growing strategies, and outreach. Their catalogs are a source of information in and of themselves, and they're handy to have on hand as a reference.