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2019 List – Organic Seed Companies in California – Updated and Annotated

All Good Things Organic Seeds: www.plantgoodseed.com
The Plant Good Seed Company is the home of All Good Things Organic Seeds. We carry certified organic vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, including improved rare and heirloom varieties. Many of our varieties have been sourced directly from our home farm and a network of small scale seed growers. Our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Our mission is: To propagate plant biodiversity. We have stewarded hundreds of plant species on our farms in Southern California and offer these seeds to our customers. Ojai, California

The Natural Gardening Company: www.naturalgardening.com
The Natural Gardening Company sets the highest standards in the organic seedling business. As the oldest certified organic nursery in the nation, we were instrumental in developing many of the guidelines by which other organic nurseries now operate. Sonoma County, California

Mountain Valley Grower: www.mountainvalleygrowers.com
In 1983, Mountain Valley Growers was incorporated with the goal of providing organically grown pots of herbs to retail nurseries and grocery stores. Here we are in 2018 and we are celebrating not only our 20th Fall Extravaganza but also marks the 35th year we have been in the business of providing certified organic plants to the entire United States. Thanks to all of you who support our efforts. We couldn’t do it without you! Squaw Valley, California

Laurel’s Heirloom Tomato Plants: www.heirloomtomatoplants.com
Welcome to the astonishing world of heirloom tomatoes! We are your Southern California source for 100 luscious varieties of organically grown heirloom tomato plants, a couple of carefully chosen great-tasting hybrids, plus a fine selection of gardening products for your garden and for growing in containers and greenhouses. 2019 will mark our 19th year shipping tomato plants right to your garden. Lomita, California

Renee’s Garden : www.reneesgarden.com
We work hard to find the best sustainable and organic growers with the skill and expertise to produce high-quality, high germinating seeds we know we can count on to ensure our customers’ success. All our varieties are Renee’s personal selections, chosen for great flavor in garden to table cooking, productivity, and top garden performance for home gardeners. Felton, California

The Kusa Seed Society: www.ancientcerealgrains.org
The purpose of The Kusa Seed Society is to increase humanity’s knowledge and understanding of a very ancient relationship — the relationship connecting humanity with the edible seedcrops. The precious edible seeds of the earth… have a history of small-scale cultivation and utilization which dates back more than 10,000 years. Ojai, California

Petaluma Seed Bank: www.rareseeds.com/get-to-know-baker-creek/petaluma-seed-bank/
Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. Jere and Emilee also work extensively to supply free seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries, as well as here at home in school gardens and other educational projects. It is their goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered frankenfood and the companies that support it. Petaluma, California

Seeds of Change: www.seedsofchange.com
We are committed to furthering the organic cause by creating a unique seed-to-plate experience for people who cherish the goodness of nature in their gardens, kitchens, and communities. Our brand was founded in 1989 to make organically grown seeds available to gardens and farmers. We are proud signer of the Safe Seed Pledge from the Council for Responsible Genetics. Rancho Dominquez, California

Grow Organic: www.groworganic.com
We are dedicated to preserving the environment by providing you with cost-effective, state-of-the-art, organic growing supplies and the information and tools needed to apply them. Our brand was founded in 1989 to make organically grown seeds available to gardens and farmers Grass Valley, California

Kitazawa Seed Co.: www.kitazawaseed.com
Kitazawa Seed Company celebrated its centennial, and American taste buds and produce now reflect the diversity of our population. Once exotic sounding vegetables like eda mame, nappa, daikon and kabocha have become a part of our kitchens and gardens. Kitazawa Seeds proudly continues to offer the highest quality Asian seeds. We offer over 500 seed varieties that produce dento yasai or traditional heirloom vegetables of Japan. Oakland, CA, California

Cornucopia Seeds: www.cornucopiaseeds.com
Cornucopia offers value-priced packets for over 175 flowers, herbs and vegetables with all the best favorite and time-tested hybrids and a full array of familiar old-fashioned heirlooms. Cornucopia Seeds is based out of Felton, California and is the sister company to Renee’s Garden. We do not sell treated seed nor genetically modified seed and are one of the original companies to sign the “Safe Seed Pledge”. Felton, California

Sunnyside Organic Company: www.organic.biz
Sunnyside Organic Seedlings was founded in 2004 by Vernay ‘Pilar’ Reber, a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems program. She and the rest of the Sunnyside crew are thrilled to be growing organic starts in the San Francisco Bay Area – a place where organic gardening is not only accepted, it is expected! Richmond, California

Pearson’s Gardens: www.pearsonsgardens.com
Founded in 1981 by Mark & Cindy Pearson. Today, Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm offers the largest selection of herbs & spices in the state of California, an ever-increasing selection of gourmet and unusual fruits & vegetables from around the world. Today they produce nearly 2,500 unique varieties of utilitarian and edible plants. Vista, California

Redwood Seeds: www.redwoodseeds.net
Our seeds are all Certified Organic by CCOF. All our seeds are open pollinated meaning gardeners can save their own pure seed from our stock. We seek out heirloom and open pollinated varieties that will perform in our Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot dry summers and cold wet winters. Manton, California

Rolling Hills Herbs & Heirloom Annuals: www.rollinghillsherbs.com
As nursery stock growers of certified organic culinary and heirloom vegetable starter plants, we love offering you varieties that you will savor each taste from your gardens bounty, your senses transported to places afar and cherished times past. Redlands, California

San Diego Seed Company: www.sandiegoseedcompany.com
Through our seed company we not only produces heirloom varieties well adapted for the Southern California growers but we also facilitate and promote ethical seed production aimed at providing growers the best varieties for their success. The idea is simple. If good seed that is adapted to our climate is produced locally, then we can add one more layer of support to our regional food systems. San Diego, California

Smart Seed: www.smartseedstore.com
Smart Seeds is the leading source for rare, exotic seeds from around the world. We’ve found sources on six continents for seeds not found in commercial garden catalogs. All seed is tested for purity, germination and vigor before being offered for sale. We do not sell hybrid or genetically modified seed. Upland, California

Sprout People: www.sproutpeople.org/
Our company serves the Home Sprouter. We are committed to making your sprouting experience as perfect as possible, so in addition to the most extensive list of seeds anywhere (no foolin’) we offer a wide range of sprouters and other tools, thorough growing instructions, recipes and complete “technical support”. Our goal is to provide the Home Sprouter with everything needed to grow the finest sprouts in the world. The seeds we sell you are the same seeds we sprout in our kitchen. California

TomatoFest Organic Heirloom Tomato Seeds: www.tomatofest.com
Heirloom tomatoes are not only splendid to taste, but they have a fascinating, rich history that springs from family farms around the world. Ninety-five percent of American home gardeners include tomatoes in their gardens, and many prioritize their garden space to assure room for heirloom tomatoes. Many of the 500 heirloom tomato varieties I grow are used to preserve the seed stock of valued tomato varieties from around the world. California

Sustainable Seed Company: www.sustainableseedco.com
Sustainable Seed Company, founded in 2008 is both the passion project and mass preservation effort of John Fendley (aka “Farmer John”). Concerned that many vegetables from childhood were no longer propagated, sold, or grown, John set out to protect and share rare heirloom seeds. His efforts in the last 10 years have helped gardeners, farmers, and nurseries, nationwide, rediscover our agricultural heritage and the biodiversity we know to be critical for a more healthy ecosystem.
Chico, California

Hudson, Seedsman: www.jlhudsonseeds.net/
“A PUBLIC ACCESS SEED BANK – ESTABLISHED 1911, 1911 – 2019, Our 109th Year”
“We propagate and distribute rare seeds from every continent; native plants from around the world, including flowers, vines, trees, cacti, culinary herbs, heirloom vegetables, ornamentals, hardy perennials, medicinal plants, and tropicals.” La Honda, California

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2019 List – Organic Seed Companies in California – Updated and Annotated All Good Things Organic Seeds: www.plantgoodseed.com The Plant Good Seed Company is the home of All Good Things

California Seed Companies to Get Your Garden Started

Linda Ly

Would you believe there are over 7,500 varieties of tomatoes that you can plant? Or 1,200 varieties of watermelons? Looking at the seed selection from your local big box store, you’d never know it. But they’re out there — and that means you could have Japanese Black Trifele tomatoes from Russia (go figure) growing right in your own backyard this summer, all without having to actually go to Russia for those rare seeds.

Seed catalogs and seed banks are treasure troves of exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, most of which you’ve never heard of. Think yellow cucumbers (like this Lemon Cucumber variety) or green eggplants (like the Cambodian Green Giant) — these breeds are not only beautiful (and a hit with kids and adults alike), but also a fascinating look into our gardening heritage (long before hybridized seeds became the standard). Instead of planting the reliable old standbys found at the local Home Depot, why not try something a little more out of the (big) box?

Sustainable Seed Company If you want local, you can’t get much closer to home than Sustainable Seed Company. This Northern California-based supplier specializes in certified organic heirloom vegetable seeds (over 1,500 varieties and counting!). An impressive 75% of their seed stock is grown on organic farms in California, and 40% of their seed stock is grown right in Mendocino County, which is completely GMO-free. So, you can rest assured that your seeds aren’t sourced from biochemical giant Monsanto and your purchases are actually benefiting the local California economy. Besides vegetables, Sustainable Seed Company also carries a wide selection of organic grain, herb, flower, and tobacco seeds.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Originally based in the Midwest, the family-owned Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds opened their West Coast headquarters in Petaluma at the former Sonoma County Bank building. Operating as a standalone store, the aptly named Petaluma Seed Bank houses thousands of pure, open-pollinated heirloom seeds as well as hundreds of locally crafted gift and food items. Owner Jere Gettle travels the world to bring back exotic and new (to us) seeds, then grows them on his own farm to ensure only quality varieties are introduced to his customers. Currently, the company carries over 1,450 heirloom varieties from over 70 countries, all sourced from small farmers and all of them adhering to Baker Creek’s mission of non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented seeds.

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Renee’s Garden For over 15 years, Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden has been sourcing and selling both conventional and organic seeds to gardeners all over. Based in the Santa Cruz County town of Felton, Renee’s Garden is committed to the Safe Seed Pledge developed by The Council for Responsible Genetics and guarantees that none of their seeds are chemically treated or genetically engineered. Besides an assortment of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, the company also carries easy-to-grow seed collections for novice gardeners, such as the “Container Kitchen Vegetable Garden” for small spaces. Every seed packet is beautifully illustrated and comes with detailed information on planting, growing, and harvesting, as well as cooking ideas!

TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds If you know what you like and you only like tomatoes (after all, they’re the superstars of summer), then you’ll love the seed selection at TomatoFest. The company originally started in 1991 as the renowned Carmel TomatoFest event, which celebrated food and wine and offered tasting displays of over 300 heirloom tomato varieties from around the world. After 20 years of running the event and supplying restaurants and markets with heirloom tomatoes, founders Gary Ibsen and Dagma Lacey decided to focus on their organic seed business. Rebranded as TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds, the company now carries 600 varieties of non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds for tomatoes in every color of the rainbow.

Kitazawa Seed Company If you’re looking for seeds that you can’t find anywhere else, enter Kitazawa Seed Company. Founded in 1917 by Japanese immigrant and one-time seed company apprentice Gijiu Kitazawa, the Oakland-based supplier specializes in over 250 varieties of Asian seeds. The website reads like a page from my childhood, from fiery red chili peppers to fragrant chrysanthemum greens. Kitazawa Seed Company carries a distinctive selection of fruits and vegetables (and even rice and sesame!) sourced all across Asia, including Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.

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Seed catalogs and seed banks are treasure troves of exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.