Northwest companies are cultivating seeds best suited to the region and to home gardeners’ desires for flavorful, healthy plants. Check out these local companies, and order your seeds now!
OREGON SEED COMPANIES
Adaptive Seed Company, Sweet Home
The retail arm of the nonprofit Seed Ambassadors, Adaptive Seed offers public domain, open-pollinated seed from arugula to tomatoes and six kinds of flowers, with a focus on Oregon and Northwest varieties.
Abundant Life Seeds, Cottage Grove, 541-767-9606
After a fire in 2003 that destroyed most of their Port Townsend company’s seed inventory, Tom and Julie Johns of Territorial Seed adopted Abundant Life as a sister company and began rebuilding its seed stocks. Abundant Life offers a wide array of certified organic, sustainably grown and biodynamically grown seed.
New Dimension Seed, Scappoose, 503-577-9382
Founder Sue Berge, who grew up in Beijing, started her company in 2001 to ensure a local supply of her favorite Asian varieties, such as Emerald Fall gai lan, Stallion white cucumber and China Jade baby bok choy.
Nichols Garden Nursery, Albany, 800-422-3985
This purveyor of “herbs and fine seeds for the gardener cook” turned 60 years old this year.
Peace Seeds, Corvallis
“A planetary genome pool resource and service,” Alan and Linda Kapuler offer herbs, vegetables, flowers and native plants, each with a vividly described heritage.
Siskiyou Seeds, Williams, 541-846-9233
Located in the Rogue Valley, biodynamic farmers Don Tipping and Kimberly Brown are dedicated to providing open-pollinated seeds. Their website provides a complete list of contributing growers in Oregon and Washington, and seeds are identified according to their growers. All offerings are certified organic.
Territorial Seed Company, Cottage Grove, 800-626-0866
The company grows 20 percent of its vegetable catalog, including multiple varieties of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and squash. All offerings are subject to trials in the company’s two Oregon test gardens.
Victory Seed Company, Molalla, 503-829-3126
Victory Seed offers heirloom and open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds of vegetables, herbs and flowers from the Dunton family farm and a small network of other farms.
Wild Garden Seeds, Philomath, 541-929-4068
Frank and Karen Morton grow their entire catalog at their Gathering Together Farm, certified organic by Oregon Tilth since 1987. Their specialty is greens, including no fewer than 59 varieties of lettuce.
WASHINGTON SEED COMPANIES
Ed Hume Seeds, Puyallup, 253-435-4414
Family owned since 1977, Ed Hume Seeds carries hundreds of vegetable and flower varieties, all non-GMO. Their seeds are selected for short-season and cool-climate areas, which also makes them suitable for early or late planting in milder climates.
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, Ellensburg, 509-933-7150
Greg and Sue Lutovsky grow 70 kinds of potatoes and 25 kinds of garlic. The great majority of their seeds and tubers are certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Their best sellers are the German Butterball potato and Everlasting (non-bolting) spinach.
Osborne Seed Company, Mt. Vernon, 360-424-7333
Established in 1982 to test and produce regionally suitable seeds, they offer certified organic seeds of vegetables, herbs, cover crops and flowers. Aimed at commercial Northwest growers, they offer seeds in bulk quantities.
Uprising Seeds, Bellingham, 360-778-3749
Washington State’s first 100 percent certified organic seed company sources its seed from fifteen Pacific Northwest growers.
Illustration by Eben Dickinson