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Organic Seed Alliance http://www.seedalliance.org

Organic Seed Alliance, a nonprofit public charity, supports the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. We accomplish our goals through collaborative education and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals.

Seed and Plant Sanctuary
for Canada

http://www.seedsanctuary.com/

We are a  charitable organization dedicated to the health and vitality of the earth through the preservation and promotion of heritage seeds.
 

All these companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. A listing of other companies that have signed the pledge is available at Gene-Watch Org http://www.gene-watch.org/programs/safeseed/sourcebook.html .

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 is 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 people and communities

Territorial Seed Company ( http://www.territorial-seed.com/ )
London Springs, Oregon

Organic research farm. Seeds and plants particularly adapted to the Pacific Northwest as well as other regions. Their print catalog contains a wealth of cultural information. Online and print catalogs.

Nichols Garden Nursery ( http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/ )
Salem, Oregon

Family owned. Vegetable, herb, grass seeds. Bulk spices and teas, books, gardening supplies and more. Be sure to check out their Wedding Seeds if you or someone you know is having a wedding. Online and print catalogs.

Seeds of Change ( http://seedsofchange.com )
Santa Fe, New Mexico

“As the original and largest 100% certified organic seed company, our mission is to make the profound rewards of organic gardening available to all, while preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable organic agriculture.”  Online and print catalogs.

Native Seeds/SEARCH ( http://www.nativeseeds.org/ )
Tucson, Arizona

“…a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the crop seeds that connect Native American cultures to their lands. Through seed conservation and community interaction Native Seeds/SEARCH works to protect crop biodiversity and to celebrate cultural diversity.” Online and print catalog, membership

Seed Savers Exchange ( http://www.seedsavers.org/ )
Decorah, Iowa

“Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization that is saving "heirloom" (handed-down) garden seeds from extinction.  SSE's 8,000 members grow and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and grains. SSE's main focus is on heirloom varieties that gardeners and farmers brought to North America when their families immigrated, and traditional varieties grown by Native Americans, Mennonites and Amish. Since SSE was founded in 1975, our members have distributed an estimated 750,000 samples of endangered seeds not available through catalogs and often on the verge of extinction.  SSE has always been the leader of the heirloom seed movement, and the diligent efforts of our members are making rare heirloom varieties available to gardeners everywhere.” Membership.

Abundant Life Seeds ( http://www.abundantlifeseed.com )
Saginaw, Oregon

Located inside our seed catalog are all of your favorite Abundant Life varieties - vegetable, flower, and herb seeds along with a great selection of garlic, seed potatoes, and live plants. All of which are 100% certified organic. We also have a wide selection of garden supplies to help your garden grow. Along with our products, you will find a tremendous amount of growing information including seed saving techniques.

The Thyme Garden ( http://www.thymegarden.com/ )
Alsea, Oregon

Family-owned. An amazing collection of  organic herb seeds, everlasting seeds, live herb and flower plants, hops, bareroot perennials, dried herbs, essential oils, herb and spice blends and more. They also have tours and serve group luncheons. Online and print catalog.

John Scheeper's Kitchen Garden Seeds - ( http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/ ) Bantam, Connecticut

Vegetable, herb, edible and bouquet flower seeds. A delightful printed catalog with nice drawings, recipes and tips. Order online if you like, but be sure to request the print catalog.

Johnny's Seeds - ( www.johnnyseeds.com )
Albion, Maine

Great catalog. Since beginning in 1973 Johnny's has served organic growers, both professional and amateur. We continue to carefully strengthen our range of organic seeds, as well as fertilizers and pesticides permitted by the USDA's National Organic Program for use in organic production.

Wood Prairie Farm - ( www.woodprairie.com )
Bridgewater, Maine

A beautiful selection of rainbow colored  organically grown potatoes and certified seed potatoes. Also Gourmet Organic Gifts including a monthly potato club, potato patch kit, samplers, cheeses, grains, nuts, beans, dried fruit and winter vegetables. Also tips on growing potatoes organically and cooking them.

Heirloom Seeds - ( http://www.saltspringseeds.com/ )
Salt Spring Island, Canada

Sustainable Canadian seed company selling rare and unusual seeds. Online catalogue includes heirloom tomatoes, quinoa, amaranth, seed garlic and a new zero mile diet  kit.