- Can you tell us about your seeds? (non-GMO, organic, heirloom, open-pollinated)
- Do you do germination testing for your seeds?
- What do you mean by "Profit Sharing"?
- Do you sell wholesale?
- Do you have a seed donations program?
- Do you have a print catalog?
- What is your shipping policy?
Can you tell us about your seeds?
Pesticide-free and non-GMO:
Our growers use various levels of natural farming practices and none of us use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on our farms. A couple of our several dozen growers are certified organic, but for the rest of us, we nurture our soils and attempt to live in harmony with our farm ecosystems without the prohibitive costs and burdens of the organic certification processes, and without the use of synthetic chemicals. We would never knowingly offer seeds that have been contaminated with genetic engineering (or GMOs) as we believe in the sacredness of life, the value of 10,000 years of traditional human plant selection, and the freedom of sharing seeds without patents.
Culturally-Important Heirloom and Open-Pollinated Seeds:
We primarily offer heirloom seeds, which are older varieties that have been around for many generations. We are particularly invested in helping to preserve and proliferate the seed varieties that our growers, customers, and broader community identify as most important to their sense of self and community, and their taste of home. When possible, our culturally-important seeds are grown by farmers of that particular culture - this is part of our rematriation efforts as well as our focus on supporting a vibrant, living culture of seed keeping. All of our seeds are open-pollinated, meaning that our seed crops come from stable populations of plants where pollination happens naturally via wind, insects, birds, and the plants themselves. We do not offer hybrid seeds, except for our few genetically-diverse "landraces," which are open-pollinated as well.
Do you do germination testing for your seeds?
Yes! We test our seeds through a certified laboratory with the Department of Agriculture. We ensure that our seeds are germinating well above the federal germination standards for vegetable seeds in interstate commerce.
If they are below standard, we legally have to tell you this, and will do so on the packet and on the product page on our website. We sometimes offer lower germinating seeds if they are hard to find elsewhere, so that you still have access to this variety. Again, we will tell you on the product page and on the packet if this is the case. Otherwise, we aim to only offer seeds germinating in the 80-100% range. To raise our germination rates, we offer our freshest seed, and clean it very thoroughly with preference for heavy, dense seed for more vigor and vitality.
What do you mean by "Profit Sharing"?
Our seeds are grown by more than 20 small-scale urban and rural farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture. We share our profits directly with our growers: 50% of each packet sale goes back to the farmer who grew it! This is very unconventional in the seed world. This means that when our products sell well, our farmers see larger payback for their hard work and their heart work of preserving and keeping their beloved seeds.
Do you sell wholesale?
Yes! We love supplying retail stores, urban agriculture programs, and others with wholesale seeds. We are not taking more wholesale orders for 2020, but please reach out for our pricing for the 2021 season after December. Because we are a profit sharing company (see above), we give our growers 50% of our packets sales, and so we do not lower our prices drastically for wholesale orders.
Do you have a seed donations program?
As a new, small seed company, we rarely have the capacity, time, or excess to do seed donations. We bring our limited excess to our local Philadelphia Seed Exchange seed swaps, which mostly happen in the cooler months at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Occasionally, we make small seed donations to food sovereignty projects led by indigenous folks (such as the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance native seed drive) and other people of color (such as Back to the Root: a Black Growers Gathering).
Do you have a print catalog?
We have not yet made the large financial investment in printing catalogs. We only have our online catalog for now (this website), but hope in the near future to at least make a PDF catalog available.
What is your shipping policy?
Please click here to read our Shipping Policy.