Seed Resources

Have you ever stepped out of a brightly lit building and looked up at the stars? At first you see only a few of the very brightest ones and, gradually, as your eyes become accustomed to the light, more and more magically appear in the night sky until soon there are more than you can count, more than you could have imagined. Well, it’s the same with seeds: when you first begin to grow from seed you see and recognize the common everyday ones, Early Girl tomaotes, Kentucky Wonder green beans, California Wonder bell peppers, but soon, as you begin your exploration of the seed universe, you become aware of the spectacular diversity and variety of available seed. How can we resist wanting to sample a bit of the breathtaking bounty? When you combine that curiosity with the immutable fact of our challenging climate it only makes sense to pursue the search for the perfect seed. The following is a listing of some interesting seed sources we like to use. If you know of other out-of-the-ordinary sources please let us know at ( and we will try to include them in the next update of the site. Listings in boldface are our favorites.

Prefered Seed Sources

Foss Hill Rd. Albion, ME 04910 (207) 437-9294

Wide variety of hybrid, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Informative catalogue.

3076 N. Winn Rd. Decorah, IA 52101 (319) 382-5990

Non-profit dedicated to preserving seed diversity.

Informative website, many tutorials on seed saving.

Heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

6060A Graham Hill Rd. Felton, CA 95018 (888) 880-7228

Beautiful, unique, delicious and productive seeds from all over Europe.

(207) 873-7333

Selections particularly adaptable to cold climates, well respected.

P.O.Box 772 Port Townsend, WA 98368 (360) 385-7455

Non-profit with open pollinated and heirloom seeds.

Additional Seed Sources

190 North Pacific Highway Albany, OR 97321 (541) 928-9280 Hybrid, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.Unusual herbs.

20 Palmer Ave. Cottage Grove, OR 97424 (541) 942-9547 Hybrid, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

Mansfield, MO (417) 9224-8917 Good selection heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

Garden Lane Fair Haven, VT 05743-0250 (803) 663-0217 Source of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

Route 100 New Gloucester, ME 04260 (207) 926-3400 Source of small, inexpensive packets. Heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

621 Old Santa Fe Trail #10 Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 438 8080 Source of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

300 Park Ave. Warminster, PA 18991 (800) 888 1447 Been around forever - no longer family owned but still lots of variety.

P.O. Box 17538 Anaheim, CA 92817 (714) 637-5769 Oriental vegetable specialists -- Over 200 varieties from Japan, Taiwan, China, etc.

P.O.Box 1626 Augusta, GA 30903 (803) 663-0016 Same as above.300+ varieties!

Goodwood, Ontario, Canada L0C 1A0 Tel. 905 640-6677 Excellent selection of herb seeds and plants.

P.O.Box 2209 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (888) 784 1722

York, Prince Edward Island, C0A 1P0 Canada (800) 363-7333 Extensive field trials of both open-pollinated and hybrid seeds. Many short season varieties.

Distributors for Franchi Sementi, an Italian seed company founded in 1783

  • The Pepper Gal

P.O.Box 23006 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307 (954) 537-5540 Peppers. peppers, peppers!

526 N. 4th Ave.Tucson, AZ 85705-8450 (509) 9641-7016 Conserves and distributes diverse varieties of native and southwest agricultural seed and their wild relatives.

Garden Supplies

  • Gardeners Supply Co.

130 Intervale Rd. Burlington, VT 05401 (800) 944-5580

Ask for their spring catalog if you want practical garden items instead of gifts.

  • Charley’s Greenhouse Supply

17979 State Route 536 Mt. Vernon, WA 98273-3269 (800)233-3078

Good source for any greenhouse needs.