WHERE TO FIND HEIRLOOM SEEDS FOR YOUR HOMESTEAD
Hi There, I am Kelly. I am the head crazy at Homesteadin Crazy and I do most of the ordering for our seed stock here on the homestead. Today I would like to share with you the seed companies I most use to purchase our seeds for use on our homestead. I hope you find this helpful for your garden and homestead.
No matter where you purchase heirloom organic seeds from make sure you see that they have taken “the safe seed pledge” as below:
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, sell or trade 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 healthy people and communities.”
Here is a video I did about a year ago about finding heirloom seeds for your homestead garden.
TOP 10 SEED COMPANIES FOR HEIRLOOM SEEDS
1.) Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds or rareseeds.com.
My favorite place to purchase seeds. They are located in Missouri. They have the most beautiful catalog (the free one) and then if you purchase the “Year Book” you will find absolutely amazing seeds for vegetables you have never even heard of. They are SO AWESOME. You have to check them out. Baker Creek. My number 1. The best place to find heirloom seeds for your homestead garden.
2.) Seed Savers Exchange
“We built a movement, not a seed company.
Since 1975, we have grown, saved, and shared heirloom seeds and led a movement to protect biodiversity and preserve heirloom varieties. At the heart of our organization is a seed bank that houses a collection of 20,000+ rare, open-pollinated varieties. With gardeners like you, we can get these seeds where they belong—in gardens and on tables everywhere, for generations to come.
When seeds are in our bank, they are protected. When seeds are growing in your garden, they thrive.
Thank you for growing with us.”
A quote from the seed saver’s exchange website. They are amazing at what they do and a great resource for your garden, whether you are just growing for you, for sale, or for seed saving. This is one awesome place to head out and find your seeds. Check out the website here. My number 2.
3.) Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
One of my favorites, I found them because I am in the southeast and was looking for place that might sell seeds that would do well in my area. They have a ton of seeds, but my favorite part is they have medicinal herbs including; ginger, ginseng, turmeric and goldenseal. I love this place for finding heirloom seeds for my homestead. 🙂 My number 3.
I used to live in Michigan where MiGardener is located. I just found them last year. They are terrific. They have LOTS of seeds and lots of information as well. The seeds are only $2 a pack and shipping is free. You gotta love when shipping is free. Plus you can find heirloom seeds for your homestead here.
Everyone knows Johnny’s. They have been around for years and are a great resource for organic and open-pollinated seeds. I always look at their catalog first to see what new items they might have for this year. They have quality seed and are timely with delivery.
Honestly I have never ordered from Territorial. Not because they don’t have quality seed, but usually by the time I get to here I am out of seed money, lol. I hear great things about them though through my many seed loving friends.
7.) Seeds of Change
If the name means anything then this place should be great. I do plan to check them out further and maybe even order a few things to check out the quality, quantity, pricing and service of this seed organization. After what we have been through recently I just love the name.
8.) High Mowing Organic
Again, friends rave over this one. I did take a look at their website and it looks amazing. I even saw a few things I would like to try. Looks like I am going to have to spread my seed money out a little further than usual this year.
9.) Solana Seeds
Solana seeds is based in Canada. Due to postage I won’t be ordering from them, but if you are in Canada they look like a great company to try up your way to find heirloom seeds for your homestead garden.
10.) Sustainable Seed Company
I had never heard of this company until today. They are based in California and their website is set up well and has a variety of seeds available. Check them out if you get a chance. I will be for certain.
I also buy from Etsy sometimes. There are folks on there that have seeds and plants so I check there if I am having a hard time finding a specific seed or plant.
Well, I have a few new places to check out and see if they have seeds I need. Sustainable Seed Company has my angelica seeds and Strictly Medicinal has the comfrey I have been looking for so there will be more seeds in my future. I LOVE IT!!!
I hope you found this information useful, I sure did. Stop by around the 1/29 as we will be starting seeds around here. Would love to show you how we do it and see how you do it. Let me know down below how you start your seeds or if you have questions leave them there too. I am here to help if I can. Thanks for stopping by and we will see you again soon.