Thursday, January 2, 2014

Safe and Organic Seed Companies - My Big List and Links for 2014 for organic gardeners

A hint (and to myself!) Get your seeds today. 

You can start them indoors in January and use grow lights or just the window (with luck) and get some seedlings for LOTS cheaper than you would if you don't.

I did this once and saved a lot.

You can also put them outside in a cold frame you make yourself, or just put them in the ground and protect them from any low temperatures or a late frost. Then, label your areas or make a map and count your food savings.

I am sharing a big list from before, plus more for 2014. The NEW ones are brand new from the Safe Seed Company list's comments with thanks.

Here are the NEW links first:

(just added - ) The Seed Savers Seed Exchange - I can't wait to explore THIS site too.
http://exchange.seedsavers.org/index.aspx
 
The Farm Wars Safe Seed Company list (Go to this site to download the PDF file for your desktop)

I found some great listings in some fun magazines in the past, Natural Awakenings, Countryside, BackHome, Body & Soul (now Whole Living Magazine), and Mother Earth News.



ORGANIC AND HEIRLOOM SEEDS - updated 2014

Grandma’s Gardens catalog and endangered species seeds
http://underwoodgardens.com/index1.php

NEW: Redwood City Seed Company: http://www.ecoseeds.com/index.html

Hudson Seeds, California
http://www.JLHudsonseeds.net

The International Seed Saving Institute
http://www.seedsave.org/

Seeds Trust for high altitude gardens
http://www.seedstrust.com/

Flowers from nursery sources
by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
http://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/plants/handbooks/flowers/9.html 

Redwood City Seed Company
California
http://www.ecoseeds.com

NEW: Comstock-Ferre: http://comstockferre.com/ "Not all are heirloom seed, but they are not GMO and they are members of ASTA." (via the Farm Wars comment page).

Redwood City Seed (California) #2 site
This features pepper varieties
http://www.lovepeppers.com/catalog.welcome.html

NEW: Kitchen Garden Seeds (Johnny) http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/

Baker Creek Heirloom seeds
This company is famous and one of the very best!!
http://www.rareseeds.com/

NEW: The Ark Institute http://www.arkinstitute.com/
From their page: "Visit our Store or view our Catalog."

Heirloom tomato seeds
– These have letter codes indicating resistance
to different diseases – and includes Seed Swap 101, how to swap seeds.
http://www.vegetableseedwarehouse.com/heirtom/html

Fantastic Findings lists of seeds
http://www.fantasticfindings.com/results.aspx?cat=seeds

Heirloom Acres
, Missouri
http://www.heirloomacresseeds.com/
Takes PayPal.

Whatcom rare seeds
http://seedrack.com/

Sources for organic and heirloom seeds by mail:
http://www.heirloomseeds.com/organic.html

Heirloom flower bulbs
http://www.oldhousegardens.com/

Heirloom seeds on Ebay
http://stores.ebay.com/Blue-Ribbon-Tomatoes_seeds_W0QQfsubZ2QQstorecachemissZblueribbontomatoesQ5fseedsQQtZkm

The Heirloom Sampler site – this site shows pictures of heirloom varieties and explains about each one. "The Heirloom Vegetable Gardener's Assistant".
http://www.halcyon.com/tmend/sampler.htm

NEW: Territorial Seed Company - they have Heirlooms and Organic seeds - see the top menu. http://www.territorialseed.com/

NEW: Fedco Seeds - a Co-op (I like this) http://www.fedcoseeds.com/.
They also carry garden products.

Amishland Heirloom Seeds
http://www.amishlandseeds.com/index.htm

Thomas Jefferson’s seeds
from Monticello
http://monticellostore.stores.yahoo.net/plants---seeds-seeds.html

Bill Best’s article from Appalachian Heritage magazine

http://www.heirlooms.org/beans.html - this article features descriptions of heritage beans from Kentucky. You pick out the kinds you want and then send them a check.
http://www.heirlooms.org/catalog.html

Local Harvest Seeds
http://www.localharvest.org/store/seeds.jsp
also: herbs, honey products, soaps, more

Rutgers University tomatoes - these include the Ramapo tomato:
http://www.njfarmfresh.rutgers.edu/JerseyTomato.html

Grow Shitake mushrooms
http://www.mushroompeople.com/

REGIONAL SEED EXCHANGES

Saving, storing, and growing seeds
http://www.freetechsupport.com/csr/seeds.htm

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
http://www.southernexposure.com/index.html

Seed exchanges for each state
http://www.blossomswap.com/exchanges

FARMERS PRODUCE SHARE CO-OPS
AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SITES


Local Harvest – buy foods grown close to your location
http://www.localharvest.org/

The Farm Eco-Village Training Center

offers classes and apprenticeships
2008 Calendar
http://www.thefarm.org/general/calendar.html

INTERNSHIPS

Sustainable farming internships
http://www.attrainternships.ncat.org/

ORGANIC FOOD STORES
Goodness Greeness
http://www.goodnessgreeness.com/

Also check the Caretakers Gazette for all kinds of caretaking and gardening jobs around the world and in the U.S.

OTHER INTERESTING RELATED LINKS

LOCAL – KENTUCKY
Kentucky only
Farmers Market Directory
http://www.kyagr.com/marketing/farmmarket/directory.htm

Agriculture links
http://www.kyagr.com/forms/aglinks.htm

HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN SEEDS FROM YOUR GARDEN

From Natural Life Magazine
http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/9504/seeds.htm

And new: Seed starting Made Simple - from the Mother Earth News
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/seed-starting-zm0z12fmzsto.aspx

Important: I have not visited all of these sites, just some. And I can't wait to explore. I have some seeds already, but would like more.

So comment if you have more, or if you want to let me know more about a site or link.

A related link: 230 more Heirloom Seed companies - Non-GMO Seeds - Organic Seeds - from the Off Grid Info. site.

NEW: seed companies who have taken the Safe Seed Pledge: http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261


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