The Seedy World of Seeds

Posted by EricaGardens on February 1, 2012 at 9:14 am.

And I’m not even talking about the hot mess that is my seed box. I have a confession to make and that is: I paid absolutely no attention to how I stored my seeds this year even though I knew I ought to.

There you have it…secrets revealed! Last night I finally took a gander at my stash and was amazed to find that I had Yin Yang and Tiger’s Eye seeds I didn’t ever remember ordering. Score! I also have a butt-load of poppy seeds I’ve saved that I must scatter unto the wind in a few months. One item I need to accomplish to going forward is acquiring a proper storage container, so I’ll be looking for a new box with a lid I haven’t lost.

I’ve learned a lot about seeds in the past few years being a member of a local garden, and it’s something I am paying attention to more and more. During my first year there, I heard that certain seed companies should not be bought from because they were owned/affiliated with the mega-giant of agriculture, Monsanto. “We are not buying seeds from X because they were bought by Monsanto.” Where the seeds I buy actually come from was not something I ever really thought about…I didn’t know that I needed to think about it.

I am neither articulate, nor knowledgeable enough to go into the guts of this topic. I’ll leave that to people like Gayla Trail, and for you to discover on your own. All I know is that if you care for your health, food safety, honeybees, song birds, freedom against tyranny (dramatic, I know), and the future of our food and agriculture system, I suggest taking some time to educate yourself on this topic and use your consumer dollars to cast the final vote. Start here:

This year I am ordering the bulk of my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Bountiful Gardens, and a few from Territorial Seeds. Once the local Farmer’s Market starts back up again in April I am going to check out a booth I have walked by a million times and never payed attention to because I was on the hunt for duck eggs. She sells seeds….local, organic seeds.


  • Kirsten says:

    Hey Erica, Territorial was my go-to seed source for a long time. A friend inquired on any ties to Monsanto and found some (a small number) of their seed sources were from Seminis who is owned by Montsanto. According to Territorial’s email response (back in Oct 2010), they indicated they’ve been reducing the list of seed products from Seminis year on year as they’d found suitable replacements and/or were able to grow out their own seed stock. They have committed to not knowingly buying or selling any GMO seed or products. If this is a concern to you, you may want to inquire prior or purchase from the strictly Organic seed selection. Just a tidbit I thought I’d share. :)

    • EricaGardens says:

      Thank you so much for the input., Kristen! I knew that Territorial bought from Seminis but I didn’t know that they are replacing with other sources. So good to hear, I really love Territorial Seeds, as they have been my go-to as well.

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