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Independent Seed Companies
Sources for Open Pollinated, Heirloom Garden Seeds

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There are many reasons to plant open pollinated and heirloom varieties and to support the independent growers and sellers. Most gardeners do so for a variety of reasons. The important thing is that they are doing it, keeping these sources alive. And it's fun! You'll find varieties you never dreamed of, seeds that are particularly suited for home gardeners in challenging climates.

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Here are some independent seed companies that sell open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Many of these companies are small family businesses whose owners are dedicated to the growing and preservation of a great diversity of many old varieties. They are engaged in an ethical and healthy business with a wonderful respect for the seeds and the people growing them. Please be understanding when contacting them particularly during the busy times. All of these companies strongly support and promote non-hybrid, usually organic, seed. Most are also actively involved in or are a part of a seed preservation organization. Be prepared for a much more interesting array of choices than you get from the "one-size-fits-all" sameness of the common big businesses.

Fedco Seeds / Trees  ~
PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903
Filaree Farm (garlic)  ~
          182 Concunully Hwy, Okanogan, WA 98840
High Mowing Seeds  ~
          76 Quarry Rd, Walcott, VT 05680
Irish Eyes-Garden City Seeds  ~
          PO Box 307, Thorp, WA 98946
Meadowlark Hearth  ~
120024 Everett Drive, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Native Seeds/SEARCH  ~
          526 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 8670
Sand Hill Preservation Center  ~
          1878 - 230th St., Calamus, IA 52729  

Seed Savers Exchange  ~
          3076 North Winn Rd, Decorah, IA 52101
Seeds of Diversity Canada  ~    
          Box 36, Station Q, Toronto, ON, M4T 2L7
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange  ~
PO Box 460, Mineral, VA 23117

Territorial Seed Company  ~
          PO Box 158, Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Terrior Seeds / Underwood Gardens  ~
P.O. Box 4995, Chino Valley AZ 86323

Wild Garden Seeds  (Frank Morton mixes)  ~  
PO Box 1509, Philomath, OR 97370
Wood Prairie Farm (potatoes)  ~  
          49 Kinney Rd., Bridgewater, ME 04735

Will Bonsall's Scatterseed Project   

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Updated  January 2022 by Sue Robishaw

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