Green Your Thumb with Heirloom Seeds Companies

Plant heirloom seeds to help preserve endangered plant varieties.

| January/February 2011

  • Plant heirloom seeds to help preserve endangered plant varieties.
    Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison

“Scientists know we must protect species because they are the working parts of our life-support system.”  ­—Biologist Paul Ehrlich

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds  
Mansfield, Missouri
Petaluma, California
Old Wethersfield, Connecticut

Offering heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds, Baker Creek’s store in Petaluma’s historic Sonoma County National Bank building is a beacon for gardeners, foodies and tourists. Last June, Baker Creek added a new family member—Comstock, Ferre & Co., the oldest continuously operated seed company in the United States. Owner Jerre Gettle plans to preserve Comstock’s historic East Coast garden and create a green agro-tourism destination.

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Johnny’s Selected Seeds  
Winslow, Maine

Founded in a New Hampshire farmhouse attic in 1973 by a 22-year-old vegetable grower named Rob Johnston, Johnny’s is a partially employee-owned company dedicated to rigorous seed testing and top-quality, non-hybrid products. You can tour Johnny’s 40-acre research farm Monday through Friday, July through September.
12/18/2015 7:47:28 AM

There's also a small family owned Heirloom seed company that makes an awesome seed bank for an amazing price! They're called Family First Supply and you can find them on Facebook or their website at Check it out--they try and help people to be able to plant real FOOD like the old days. All the seeds are from an Amish supplier in the mid-west.

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