Where to Buy Organic, Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds: 6 Companies

Learn more about trustworthy gardener supply companies dedicated to great service, education and ethical products.

| March/April 2016

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One of the reasons many of us grow our own food is so we know it’s grown healthfully and according to our values, and that begins with seeds. The following companies are a few (but not all) of the conscientious seed companies you can buy from—they all guarantee reliable seeds and a dedication to sustainable agriculture and educational outreach. In addition, they’re committed to thoughtful customer service, environmental stewardship and employee welfare.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Mansfield, Missouri | (417) 924-8917 | Facebook

Baker Creek was founded in 1998 by then-teenager Jere Gettle, who grew his own seeds, storing shoeboxes full of them in his bedroom. Baker Creek now offers a whopping 1,800 kinds of seeds, 100 percent of which are open-pollinated, untreated and non-GMO. Specializing in heirloom seeds, including Asian and European varieties, Baker Creek boasts rare plant options.

Notable Customer Service: The knowledgeable staff members at Baker Creek are happy to answer gardening questions on the phone, via Facebook and email, and in person at the company’s charming country store in Mansfield, Missouri.

Education and Events: The National Heirloom Exposition, founded by Baker Creek, is a gigantic annual meeting of foodies, gardeners and farmers coming together to exchange products, services, knowledge and ideas in Santa Rosa, California.

Environmental Commitment: Baker Creek was at the forefront of the movement against GMOs, and the company is exclusively committed to organic gardening. That’s how seed is grown on the company’s farm in Missouri, and all the advice the experts dole out is intended to help people grow plants organically.

3/31/2016 6:14:24 PM

JEANETTEC, I'd like to know which company you're referring to so I can take that into consideration when buying seeds. Thanks

3/24/2016 1:34:26 PM

I have been buying Organic and Heirloom seeds from SeedSavers.org for a couple of years now. They have a nice selection of seeds!

3/24/2016 10:59:24 AM

I have used many of these seed companies in the past and I find they all have their strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing to me is how well the seed germinates. I have been gardening all my life (at least 50 years), and there is one seed company on your list I have a real issue with, as far as seed germination. I have used them several times; enticed by their marvelous catalog and great descriptions, but no more. I was always disappointed with the low and sometimes no germination. ( I'm sure I'm not the only one.) Seed is expensive, not to mention the time and effort involved in gardening, to get nothing to show for it. Now I run a germ test on all my seed before I plant.

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