Some gardeners may prefer to order from catalogs that feature heirloom varieties. And, organic and environmentally conscious gardeners might look for catalogs featuring sustainably grown seed. The catalogs below are among those, which offer heirlooms and/or organic seed. All have signed the Safe Seed Pledge not to knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically modified seed.
1. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company offers vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds. All their seed is open-pollinated, not hybridized, which means you can save seed that will be true to type. They do not buy any seed from Monsanto, Seminis and other companies that engage in genetic modification.
Their website highlights exotic varieties with unusual colors and provenances. Customer reviews of vegetable varieties are available on their website. To order visit Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and click the Shopping icon (three vertical lines) on the top right corner of the page.
2. Cook’s Garden
Cook’s Garden features organic and heirloom varieties, though they also stock hybrid and conventionally grown seeds and seedlings. None of their offerings have been treated with pesticide. They sell vegetable, herb and flower seeds and vegetable, herb, flower and fruit plants. Mother Earth News praises their wide selection of salad greens.
Their website also offers free recipes and growing tips for different zones. Order from their website, Cook’s Garden, or request a free catalog by calling 1-800-457-9703 or writing to The Cook’s Garden, PO Box C5030, Warminster, PA 18974-0574.
3. Hudson Valley Seed Library
The Hudson Valley Seed Library, based in New York’s Hudson Valley, offers heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, flower and herb seed as well as tools, supplies, and garden-themed contemporary art. Many of their seeds are grown on their own small organic farm, where they preserve old varieties and develop new ones by traditional methods of seed selection, or by local farmers. None are sourced from multinational biotech companies.
To order, visit their website, Hudson Valley Seed Library, or request a free catalog by calling 845-204-8769.
4. Fedco Seeds
Fedco Seeds is a Maine-based cooperative owned by workers and consumers that sells vegetable, herb, flower, grain and cover crop seeds as well as potatoes, sunchokes, onion sets and growers’ supplies. Their seeds are quite inexpensive compared to most other suppliers. Their offerings have not been treated with pesticide. They carry many organic and heirloom varieties, as well as, conventionally grown newer introductions. Their offerings have not been treated with pesticide, and they boycott companies that produce GM seed.
Their black-and-white photoless catalog describes the strengths and weaknesses of varieties frankly. Where possible they source their seed from small growers with sustainable practices, and they provide information about the size and growing practices of suppliers for each seed variety. Cold-tolerant varieties are highlighted. Catalogs include growing tips. Order from Fedco Seeds or request a free catalog by calling 207-426-9900 or writing to PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903.
5. High Mowing Organic Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont offers 100% organic vegetable, herb, flower and cover crop seed as well as potatoes. They stock a special selection of seeds for sprouting. Some of their seeds are raised on their own farm, others by a network of organic growers across the country, and still others from international companies. They offer bulk/wholesale seed as well as retail packets.
Their website’s Vegetable Planting Guide offers garden planning and growing tips. All their seeds are shipped free of charge; there is no minimum order. To order from them visit High Mowing Organic Seeds or request a free catalog by calling 802-472-6174 or writing to High Mowing Organic Seeds, 76 Quarry Rd. Wolcott, VT 05680.
6. Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization made up of a network of growers across the country that are dedicated to preserving rare and heirloom seeds from extinction. They offer a wide selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds as well as seedlings, potatoes, garlic, apple trees, books, tools and calendars on their website, which offers specific planting and care guidance for each plant.
7. Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change offers 100% organic vegetable, herb and flower seed as well as live plants, tools, supplies and books. All of their seeds and plants are grown on their own organic farm or by members of their network of organic family farms. Their website’s Learning Center offers extensive advice on many aspects of organic gardening.
To order from them visit Seeds of Change, call 888-762-7333 or write to Seeds of Change, P.O. Box 4908 Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.