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California Garden & Potager: Organic, Non-GMO Seeds and Supplies

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In this post we share a list of companies that specialize in organic, or at least GMO-free, seeds. There are many options that are open-pollinated varieties. Most of these companies are small business, if not self-owned.

The Safe Seed Pledge

“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners, and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically-engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families, or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing are necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically-engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and, ultimately, healthy people and communities.”


Botanical InterestsBased in Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Carries over 600 varieties of seed, including hundreds of heirlooms and certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers; found in Whole Foods and other natural grocery stores
Clear Creek SeedsBased in Hulbert, Oklahoma, USA
Family-owned business specializing exclusively in open-pollinated, heirloom seed varieties, including flowers, herbs and vegetables
Fedco SeedsBased in Missouri, USA
Co-op that supplies many of their seeds from local suppliers
Fruition SeedsBased in Finger Lakes of western New York, USA
Organic, regionally adapted seeds
High Mowing Organic SeedsBased in Vermont, USA
700 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seed
Johnny’s SeedsBased in Maine, USA
Employee-owned multichannel breeder and purveyor of seeds, plants, tools, and supplies. One of nine original signers of the Safe Seed pledge.
MIGardenerBased in Port Huron, Michigan, USA
Over 700 rare and unique vegetable, fruit, and flower seeds
Most seed packets cost only $2
Nichols Garden NurseryBased in Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Family-owned supplier of seeds, herbs and goods
Redwood City Seed CompanyBased in Bay Area, California, USA
Seed Savers ExchangeBased in Iowa, USA
Maintains a collection of over 20,000 different varieties of heirloom and open-pollinated plants

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