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 breath-taking bounty? When you combine that curiosity with the immutable fact of our challenging climate it only makes sense to pursue our search for the perfect seed.  The following is a listing of some interesting seed sources we like to use. The listings are as complete as possible, including a catalog price if there is one. Most places will take a catalog request over the phone.  If we know of an internet site address that is also included.  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.

Nichol’s Garden Nursery   1190 North Pacific Highway Albany, OR  97321  (541) 928-9280
Hybrid, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.Unusual

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

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

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

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

Johnny’s Selected Seeds** Foss Hill Rd.    Albion, ME 04910 (207) 437-9294
Wide variety of hybrid, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Informative catalogue.

Seed Savers Exchange** 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.

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

Burpee Seed Co. 300 Park Ave. Warminster, PA 18991-0001 (800) 888 1447
Been around forever - no longer family owned but still lots of variety.

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

High Altitude Gardens P.O.Box 1048   Hailey, ID  83333 (208) 788-4363
Cold-adapted varieties, many especially suited to Idaho.

Renées Garden Seeds**    6060A Graham Hill Rd.   Felton, CA 95018    (888) 880-7228
Beautiful, unique, delicious and productive seeds from all over Europe.

The Cook's Garden P.O. Box 535   Londonderry, VT 05148 (800) 457-9703
Focused on kitchen garden varieties.

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

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

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply**    P.O.Box 2209  Grass Valley, CA  95945     (888) 784 1722
Excellent source for tools, organic fertilizers and pest control, cover crop seeds.  Very informative.

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

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

Bountiful Gardens   18001 Shafer Ranch Road, Willits,  CA  95490-9626        707-459-6410
All of our seeds are open-pollinated and untreated.

Fedco Seeds  (207) 873-7333
Selections particularly adaptable to cold climates, well respected. Good prices.

Abundant Life Seed          P.O.Box 772  Port Townsend, WA   98368         (360) 385-7455
Non-profit with open pollinated and heirloom seeds.

Redwood City Seeds       P.O.Box 361 Redwood City, CA  94064              (415) 325-7333
Heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable and herb seeds. Catalog -$1.

The Pepper Gal              P.O.Box 23006  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307            (954) 537-5540
Peppers. peppers, peppers! Catalog - $1.

Deep Diversity            Box 15700  Santa Fe, NM 87506      (503) 438-8080                Over 1,000 varieties. Catalog-$4

Chuck Wyatt’s Heirloom Tomatoes    5421 Princess Drive     Rosedale, MD 21237
He’s a real aficionado, 200+ heirloom varieties.

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

Other 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.

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