It is that time of year again, and many people are wondering where to go to get seeds that they can be sure are healthy and do not support toxic, industrial chemical agriculture, especially the GMO companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont and Bayer. Those companies have secretly bought out most of the popular seed companies that put their seeds in the major retail outlets, without changing those companies names, while replacing those old companies’ seeds with their own patented, toxic, pesticide and herbicide-compatible, genetically modified frankenseeds. I do not want to focus on them right now, since this is really a post about where to find the natural, healthy alternatives, but here is one good, reliable link to information on the above: https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/Monsanto%20Seed%20Subsidiaries%20FS%20June%202014.pdf (this is a downloadable pdf document) I will post a couple more links to sources at the bottom of this post.
Healthy and Indigenous, Organic, Non-GMO, Heirloom Seed Sources
(For the list of Indigenous-only seed companies , scroll down a ways.)
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
We really like this company and they have the best catalogue, in which they give credit to individuals, by name, for many of their sources for their seeds, especially Indigenous people. Lots of other good general background information on the seeds and their fruits, too.
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 65704 non-GMO Safe Seed Pledge http://www.rareseeds.com/
Seed Savers Exchange (We have bought heirloom seeds from these people for years.)
FEDCO Seeds An organic and non-GMO seed co-op
The Populuxe Seed Bank – Acquires, grows out, and redistributes heirloom and open-pollinated varieties to gardeners around the world; Documents seed histories to preserve the stories associated with the variety; Helps to educate other private growers on how they can save their own seeds, and start their own seed bank to help preserve biodiversity. http://theseedbank.net/
Hudson Valley Seed Library (http://www.seedlibrary.org/) – We offer heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for vegetable, flower, and herb varieties. We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, and we adhere to Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom. As of May 2013, we are both a Certified Organic farm and a Certified Organic Handler (both by NOFA-NY LLC).
500 non-GMO veggie & herb varieties http://www.edenbrothers.com/
Garden Harvest Supply
Berne, IN 46711
all of our herb and vegetable seeds for sale are certified organic and are non-GMO http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/
6060 Graham Hill Rd.
Felton, CA 95018 organic, Safe Seed non-GMO pledge http://www.reneesgarden.com/about/
The Natural Gardening Company
P.O. Box 750776
Petaluma, CA 94975-0776 organic, Safe Seed non-GMO pledge http://www.naturalgardening.com/
Territorial Seed Company
P.O. Box 158
Cottage Grove, OR 9742 organic and open-pollinated sections of catalog, Safe Seed no-GMO pledge, Salmon-Safe certification http://www.territorialseed.com/about_us
– Seeds of Change, “100% certified organic”
High Mowing (www.highmowingseeds.com ) – (25 packets/$5, 50/$10, 75/$15, 100/$20) We have a friend who sells the corn he grows through this company
Peaceful Valley (www.groworganic.com) – can request amount and specific types of seeds; should also request other tools/supplies they may donate as budget allows.
The following organizations work with Indigenous tribal peoples in helping to preserve and propagate their traditional heirloom seeds. Some of them also sell seeds and some of them don’t, so check out their websites to see if they are selling any now.
– Upper Midwest Indigenous Seed Keepers Network – contact via http://welrp.org/
– Dream of Wild Health – http://dreamofwildhealth.org/contact_information.html , Seed-Saving Our collection of more than 300 varieties of indigenous seeds were gifted to us by Cora Baker, a Potawatomi elder and Keeper of the Seeds.
– Terrylynn Brant at Mohawk Seedkeepers sometimes has traditional seeds to share (Six Nations Reserve): https://www.facebook.com/groups/846377065399516/, http://www.mohawkseedkeeper.com/
– Skaroreh Katenuaka Seed Bank https://www.facebook.com/SkarorehKatenuakaSeedBank/?fref=ts
– Indigenous Seedkeepers Alliance
– Native and Heirloom Seed Confederation
– Native Seeds Search http://www.nativeseeds.org/
– Really Cool Old Squash (the Gete Okosomin seeds, ONLY available in Canada from this source)
Northern Indigenous Seed Sovereignty – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the GMO seed companies to avoid: