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Independent Seed Companies
Sources for Open Pollinated and Heirloom
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Four decades of Growing Good Food in the Northwoods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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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, and so can you. And it's fun! You'll find varieties you never dreamed of, many that are particularly suited for home gardeners in challenging climates.

Here is a list of 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 planting and harvesting 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 that usually arrives in your mailbox mid-winter.

Bountiful Gardens  ~  www.bountifulgardens.org
           18001 Shafer Ranch Rd, Willits, CA 95490

Fedco Seeds / Trees  ~  www.fedcoseeds.com
PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903
Filaree Farm (garlic)  ~  www.filareefarm.com
          182 Concunully Hwy, Okanogan, WA 98840
Fisher’s Seeds  ~ 
          PO Box 236, Belgrade, MT 59714
High Mowing Seeds  ~  www.highmowingseeds.com
          76 Quarry Rd, Walcott, VT 05680
Irish Eyes-Garden City Seeds  ~  www.irish-eyes.com
          PO Box 307, Thorp, WA 98946
Maine Seed Saving Network  ~  207-326-0751
          PO Box 126, Penobscot, ME 04476
Native Seeds/SEARCH  ~  www.nativeseeds.org
          526 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 8670

Old Sturbridge Village  ~  www.osv.org
          1 Old S. V. Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Plum Creek Seeds (Kathleen Plunket-Black)  ~  715-647-3033
           N3528 Co Rd D, Arkansaw, WI   54721


Prairie Garden Seeds  ~  www.prseeds.ca
          Box 2758, Humboldt, SK S0K 2A0

Potato Garden (Ronnigers/Milk Ranch)  ~ 
          12101 - 2135 Rd, Austin, CO 81410
Sand Hill Preservation Center  ~  www.sandhillpreservation.com
          1878 - 230th St., Calamus, IA 52729  

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

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

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

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Updated Aug. 2016 by Sue Robishaw

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