Who We Are

A Message from Sow True Seed Founder, Carol Koury:
Carol Koury Sow True Seed Founder and Owner

As we launch our seventh season, I am very excited to present our latest offerings and to share with you some of our hopes for the future.

Ours is a company founded to encompass more than the idea of selling seeds.  We embrace the corporate philosophy of honoring people, planet, as well as profit.  While profit is necessary to sustain us and help us meet our goals, equally important to us is supporting the people who make up our tiny company while serving our customers by providing open-pollinated seeds of varieties that enrich the biodiversity of available food and pollinator plants.  And, of course, none of this is useful if we don’t also act as responsible corporate citizens in working to maintain the health of the community and planet that supports us all.

Thus, the Five Intentions for our corporate behavior: Sow, Germinate, Grow, Pollinate and Save as illustrated on the beautiful cover of this catalog. These Intentions are a guide for our activities for the 2015 season and beyond.

We are trying to create the world we want to live in.  A world in which farmers and gardeners have access to the seeds that are best adapted to where they live, without fear of corporate ownership of those seeds and the food they produce.  A world in which corporations care about the products they produce, the people who produce them, and the people who buy and use them.  A world in which profit never takes precedence over stewardship of the land and the environment that feeds us all.

Happy and Healthy Gardening,

Who We Are/History

Founded in 2008 by lifelong gardener and food activist Carol Koury, Sow True Seed provides open-pollinated, heirloom and organic vegetable, herb, and flower seeds to enthusiastic home gardeners and small market farmers.

Sow True Seed Staff Photo

We are Sow True Seed and we are motivated by Carol’s vision of empowering individuals to become more self-sustainable and less dependent on multi-national food corporations which may not have our best interests in mind. This is woven into the fabric of our organization and everything we do. We are a humble staff of dedicated individuals who are passionate about our work of promoting seed sovereignty and food independence.

As we begin our seventh year, we are thrilled to bring you even more varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds as well as new seasonal starts, bulbs, and tubers to help diversify your garden.  Sow True Seed is based in the glorious mountains of Southern Appalachia – home to a temperate rain forest and one of the most biologically diverse areas of North America!

We are proud to work with farmers in our Katuah Bioregion who ensure the survival of heirloom varieties that would otherwise become extinct.

Thank you for growing with us!

Our Mission/Vision

Sow True Seed was created to preserve our shared botanical heritage and grow a new era of sustainable culture and ecological wisdom. We support independent, regional agricultural initiatives that foster a vibrant, sustainable economy, and true food sovereignty.

Our Intentions

Sow True Seed operates with a social and environmental consciousness.  We support home growers, small farmers and open-pollinated varieties. We question the genetic modification of organisms. We actively work to create better access to healthy food in a regenerative, sustainable and inclusive environment.

In 2015 we are stating our intentions as a responsible company. This means that we are taking our beliefs and convictions and putting them into action through the work we do each day. We encourage you, as businesses and individuals, to do the same.

Our five intentions: Sow – Germinate – Grow – Pollinate – Save, are represented by the cycle of seasons as depicted in the artwork on the cover of the 2015 Catalog.

Sow True Seed 2015 Intentions