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About Us

We are a small dedicated staff committed to providing high quality, open-pollinated seeds in support of sustainable food production and regenerative agriculture. 

Meet the Sow True Seed family

Carol Koury is the Owner and Founder of Sow True Seed with a dedicated staff in Asheville NC

Meet the Sow True Seed Employees

Our small team of employees is here as a resource for your growing needs, happy to share our love of gardening, seed saving and sustainable ag. 

Meet Our Staff
Michael Rayburn is one of our top seed saving farmers for Sow True Seed

Meet the Farmers and Garden Ambassadors

Our seed farmers are some of the unsung heroes of agriculture and we are proud to work with some of the best! Our Garden Ambassadors test our seeds across the country! 

Meet the Growers
Our seed packet art work is some of the best and most beautiful garden art.

Meet the Packet and Catalog Artists

We work closely with many botanical artists to celebrate the beauty of nature, gardening and seed. If you like the artwork, find out who created it!

Meet Our Artists

Our Seed

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 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.

Based in the glorious mountains of Western North Carolina – 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!

The Pulpit Rock
Mr. Manning Farmer, 95 yrs old, was growing a (previously-thought-lost) variety of corn called Cocke's Prolific, saved within his family since 1935 but dating back to the early 1800s. Sow True Seed is working to reintroduce the corn and make it available to everyone again!

Always Open-Pollinated, Untreated & GMO-FREE

Banana Pepper Sow True Seed
Suyo Long Slicing Cucumber Sow True Seed
Tahitian Butternut Squash Sow True Seed

Open-Pollinated

OP varieties have stable genetics and will grow 'true-to-type' if saved properly and replanted the following year. In this way you can carry the same variety through the generations. We believe the roots of independence and self-sufficiency derive from the ability to save seed. OP varieties adapt faster to their growing region and specific climate variances. 

Untreated

Many of our varieties are certified USDA organic. We are also proud to support the farmers who utilize organic standards or practice biodynamic growing methods. Sow True Seed is inspected and Certified Organic by the USDA accredited agency, QCS (www.qcsinfo.org). Our seed is not treated with fungicides or pesticides of any kind.

GMO-Free

Sow True Seed is committed to making seed and food free from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Unfortunately, GMOs are now so widely grown that we cannot eradicate all risk of unintentional crosses. That risk, however small, exists for any grower whose neighbors use genetically engineered seed on cross-pollinating crops.

Proud Signatories of the Safe Seed Pledge

The Safe Seed Pledge: Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.

Put out by the Council for Responsible Genetics

Our Intentions

Sow True Seed operates with a social and environmental consciousness to the best of our ability by taking our beliefs and convictions and putting them into action. We support home growers and small farmers with 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. We encourage you, as businesses and individuals, to do the same.

Sow

Children are our future. By seeding young minds with excitement and enthusiasm for gardening, we can Sow a Better World.  Sow True Seed supports school gardens through our Seed Money Fundraising Program as well as offering a 25% seed packet discount to school gardens and nonprofits. Sow True Seed is committed to working with schools and youth groups to offer fun and educational activities throughout the year.

Sow seeds and growing ideas for sustainable futures.

Germinate

Like seeds, every person has the potential to change and grow. Sow True Seed wants everyone to have the opportunity and skills to Grow Your Own. We donate thousands of packets of seed to programs that support their communities andoffer free garden education and harvest donation programs. We work hard to create a catalog that is inspirational, educational, and free. We also offer helpful information to gardeners through classes, blogs, newsletters, on the phone, and in person. 

Germinating ideas and inspiration for gardeners and farmers.

Grow

To plant seeds is an investment in our future. Growing your own food is the most powerful way you can help yourself and the environment. Treat the earth as the amazing, living organism that supports all life that it is and Grow Wise.

Sow True Seed actively campaigns against the continued expansion and infiltration of GMO-seed.  As signatories of the Safe Seed Pledge put out by the Council of Responsible Genetics, Sow True Seeddoes not and never will knowingly sell GMO-seed. Sow True Seed is committed to supplying seed from known and trusted seed farmers, and to supportingorganic seed over conventional seed whenever possible.

Growing food for secure and healthy seed systems is core to Sow True Seed

Pollinate

The unsung heroes (bees, butterflies, and other pollinators) of our gardens need our help. Reduced habitats and increased pesticide use are killing our pollinators and threatening our food security. One of every three bites of food relies on bees for pollination. No pollinators = no food. We need to support and Save the Pollinators.

Sow True Seed offers a wide range of pollinator friendly flower and vegetable seed to create year round habitats. We are working with partners, such as Bee City USA to raise awareness of the contribution pollinators make to our world. 

Pollination is essential for seed production, so support the pollinators!

Save

A secure food system requires a secure seed system. Home gardeners and farmers can use open-pollinated seed that can be saved and grown "true" year after year, thereby decreasing dependence on “Big Ag”. Grow open-pollinated varieties and Save Your Seed.

Sow True Seed is committed to supplying only open-pollinated seed. We attend seed swaps, carry rare and threatened varieties, and actively seek out new varieties of heirlooms. Over the last century, the United States has lost approximately 93% of its seed varieties due to hybridization and the industrialization of agriculture. Sow True Seed offers seed saving products for sale and teach workshops encouraging every gardener to collect and save varieties that may otherwise become extinct.

Sow True Seed is committed to seed saving and seed sovereignty

Partner Organizations

Open Source Seed Initiative

The People's Seed

Organic Seed Alliance