About Us.

 

Welcome! We are a cooperative of family farmers in Idaho (with a couple of nearby neighbors!) who work together to produce the widest diversity of locally-adapted seeds we can! Currently we have 17 small-scale family farmers growing 243 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits for our bioregion!

ORGANIC?

Many of our growers are certified organic, but several are too small and/or don’t own the land they farm, which makes certifying impractical. All of our growers follow organic practices, which means our seeds are being grown in low-input systems that more closely mirror most home gardens. Our seeds often perform better than industrially-grown seeds in organic gardens, because a lot of the industrial varieties are bred for high-input systems, with lots of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Non-GMO

We believe genetically GMOs pose significant threats to our agriculture and our culture and we do not grow or sell GMO seeds and have taken the Safe Seed Pledge:

  • We do not buy seed from Monsanto or its subsidiaries like Seminis.  Nor do we buy from Bayer, Du Pont or Syngenta.
  • We do not knowingly grow OR buy seed that is surrounded by GM crops.
  • We do not buy seed from foreign seed companies. We support local seed houses, farmers and their families. When you buy seed from us, you are supporting American farm families and companies.
  • We don’t chemically treat our seeds.
  • We farm in a sustainable, water conscious and environmentally responsible manner.
  • All of our seed is grown strictly without the use of ANY chemical fertilizers nor pesticides. We use only organic fertilizers and organic methods of pest control.

OSSI Pledge

We have taken the Open Seed Source Initiative pledge, and by purchasing our packets, you agree to this pledge as well: “You have the freedom to use these OSSI seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents, licenses or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds.”

Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)

We believe that seeds should remain a part of the public commons and we do not knowingly grow or sell varieties that are patented. However, we believe continued plant breeding is crucial to the progression and adaptation of high-quality organic seeds that can thrive in a changing climate. Therefore, we pay voluntary “royalties” of 10 cents per packet we sell to the plant breeders who spend years creating new varieties and then release them open-source into the world for other farmers like us to grow and save seed from. If a breeder of a variety isn’t specifically mentioned as a royalty beneficiary of a variety, but you know the breeder (or ARE the breeder!) please let us know!

More about us!

You can peruse our seed offerings on our ~ONLINE SEED CATALOG~, meet our seed farmers on our Growers’ Bio page, and Request a Retail Seed Rack at your independent garden center, grocery store, or other groovy business by contacting us for availability, terms, and pricing.

Thank you very much for supporting healthy agriculture in Idaho by buying our SEEDS!

 

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10 Reasons to be a SEED FREAK:

  1. We can’t have a local food system without local seeds. We must CLOSE THE LOOP!
  2. Seeds make a farm come alive with sex! The seed is the love child of a plant, so allowing more plants to go to seed means more sex on your farm!
  3. Saving seed from your farm or garden means you’re selecting seed that will do well RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE, rather than taking a chance on seed purchased in a store that came from a different climate with different soils, temperatures, seasons, etc.
  4. Keeping our seed supply LOCAL and IN THE HANDS OF DIVERSE SMALL FARMERS AND GARDENERS means seed sovereignty for all of us! Small seed companies are continually being bought up by bigger ones, restricting the number of varieties available and consolidating the control over this crucial component of life into fewer and fewer hands. This is SCARY and UNSAFE!
  5. Further, these companies increasingly apply for AND RECEIVE PATENTS for varieties they breed and of course for genetic modifications on seeds. This leads to a whole horrific, sticky mess regarding hunting and suing farmers for patent infringement when their modified or patented seed ACCIDENTALLY finds its way into a farmers own crop (because that’s what plants do–they cross pollinate by wind, insects, etc–it’s basic biology). Then, the farmer has contaminated seed AND they’re being sued for patent infringement. I can think of no greater evil in this world…WE MUST TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR OWN SEED SUPPLY BY GROWING NON-PATENTED, OPEN-POLLINATED VARIETIES.
  6. Since seeds come after flowers, more seed production on your farm means more FLOWERS, and thus, more BEAUTY!
  7. More FLOWERS on your farm means more POLLINATORS! Including more native pollinators! A wide variety of flowers blooming throughout the seasons is crucial for the preservation of hundreds of native pollinator species, in addition to our beloved Apis mellifera, the honeybee. Bees and other pollinators need to be able to gather nectar and pollen through a long season, so allowing more plants to flower and set seed means more food for them!
  8. Idaho has some quarantines regarding big ag crops like beans, meaning we can’t buy bean seed from just anywhere. Locally-produced and certified disease-free bean seed can close that loop, get us the seed we need, AND keep our big and small bean producers safe.
  9. By learning how to grow and save good-quality seed, we EMPOWER ourselves! We’re more useful to those around us, and more self-sufficient to boot!
  10. And perhaps best of all, IT’S FREE! Each seed has the potential to produce hundreds more seeds! And all this abundance is ours for free when we start with a single seed! I get chills just thinking about how rich we are…