Looking for the best places to find organic, heirloom, and non-GMO seeds for your food garden? Check out these great seed companies that can help you on your path to food independence.
It’s nearly the middle of summer, so most people aren’t buying seeds right now. Seeds and starters are in the soil and hopefully growing prolifically. So why would I share about seed companies now?
Earlier this year, just as I set out to buy seeds for my garden, the pandemic struck, and I had to wait for quite some time to get seeds. My garden started later than I would have liked. I’m hoping it doesn’t lead to a reduced harvest later this summer and fall.
In conjunction with my general interest in collecting a variety of different seeds and trying to grow new things in my garden each year, I want to ensure that next growing season, I have plenty of seeds long before I need them.
I also want my garden to be a place that supports and protects biodiversity. Increasingly, large multi-national seed companies have pushed to reduce the variety of seeds that farmers use and encouraged farmers to rely on the technologically-manipulated seeds these companies produce.
While we don’t know the full effect of using GMO (genetically-modified seeds), we do know that biodiversity of seeds is decreasing significantly. Among other benefits, biodiversity increases the resilience of our food supply by ensuring food security in a year when a single disease or infestation might take out all of one type of crop.
To support biodiversity and out of genuine curiosity, I intend to buy seeds from a variety of suppliers and seed companies over the next several months to ensure I have plenty of seeds next spring and do my part to protect diverse and heirloom varieties of plants, vegetables, and flowers in our ecosystem.
Below, I’ve included several companies that sell great seeds online. Some are large and pretty well-known while others are smaller. As I find more, I’ll be sure to add them.
Where To Buy Organic & Heirloom Fruit & Vegetable Seeds
As you look to collect seeds for your future garden (no matter how big or small they are), check out some of these companies to find great organic, heirloom, and non-GMO seeds to fill your garden.
Territorial Seed Company has a huge selection of non-GMO seeds that include a variety of organic and heirloom varieties. They also include lots of information on their website to help plan your garden and grow a successful harvest.
Seed Savers is a non-profit organization that sells seeds and also maintains a seed library to protect the biodiversity of seeds. They have an exchange to allow members and customers to swap seeds and further increase biodiversity. When I signed up to be a member, I received several of their member seed packets to experiment with unique, heirloom varieties of vegetables that were new to me!
This small but mighty company is owned by a Black woman who runs the business on her own. She offers all sorts of interesting varieties and keeps prices really affordable at just $0.99 per pack. I can’t wait to try out some of the seeds she has. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter because restocks sell out quickly.
This company is based in Philly, so I love that it’s local for me. Truelove Seeds is a seed company offering rare, open-pollinated, and culturally important vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. The seeds are grown by farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture.
Johnny’s is a much larger company than some of the other companies on this list, so they have a really big collection. Although they are larger, they are a privately-held, employee-owned company committed to non-GMO seeds and protecting the biodiversity of seeds in our food supply.
Not all of their seeds are as “pure and raw” and some others on this list because they use certain treatments that protect seeds from fungi and facilitate germination. However, if that is a priority, you can choose from their untreated seeds and certified organic options.
As the name implies, this company takes a simple approach and sells heirloom vegetable seeds. They have lots of options of really interesting veggies to add to your home garden at affordable prices.
Dollar Seed is a small business that sells non-GMO, organic, and heirloom seeds for $1.00 per pack of seeds. They have a good variety of seeds and also support various communities in need by providing free seeds to help start local community gardens, especially in areas that are food deserts.
Baker Creek is one of the larger heirloom seed companies that has been around for quite some time. They have around 1,200 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs from which to choose when deciding what to grow in your garden.
Another small family-owned business, this company sells a variety of vegetable and other produce seeds that are all non-GMO and mostly heirloom seeds. There were lots of interesting options I wanted to try out in my garden!
This company sells heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds for vegetables, flowers, and herbs. They even have a special call for art to celebrate the intersection of art and gardening each year.
If you’re in the market for tomatoes, Wild Board Farms specializes in all sorts of heirloom tomatoes. Check out their wide variety of gorgeous tomatoes.
This company is a non-profit organization with a focus on protecting the native seeds that have adapted to arid conditions in the southwestern United States, and specifically those that support Indigenous communities in the area.
This family-owned company has lots of varieties of organic and heirloom seeds. I love that they sort their seeds by attribute to help categorize seeds that are good for container gardening, grow quickly, are great for indoors, and more.
Local Seed Libraries
Swap With Neighbors
Do you have a neighbor or two who also have gardens? Consider trading seeds with them and try growing a few things that worked for them. Who knows how it will work out, and it’s a great way to connect with your community.
Where do you buy seeds for your garden? Leave suggestions in the comments, so we can check them out!