About Us

Sow True Seed

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

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 THE TEAM

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 FARMERS

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 THE ARTISTS

Our Seed

Saving Seed

Cocke's Prolific Corn

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!

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Always Open-Pollinated, Untreated & GMO-FREE

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

 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.

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Our Partners

We're serious about seeds, and so are some of our friends and partners!

Organic Seed Alliance

Seed is part of our common cultural heritage – a living, natural resource that demands careful management to meet food needs now and into the future. Organic Seed Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advances ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming needs in a changing world.

We envision organic seed systems that are democratic and just, support human and environmental health, and deliver genetically diverse and regionally adapted seed to farmers everywhere.

Open Source Seed Initiative

The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) engages in education and outreach that promotes sharing rather than restricting access to plant germplasm, recognizes and supports the work of plant breeders of all kinds, and supports a diversified and decentralized seed industry. The core strategy for achieving these goals is the dissemination and propagation of the OSSI Pledge and of OSSI-Pledged varieties, both of which preserve the rights of farmers, gardeners, and breeders to freely use, save, replant, and improve seed of OSSI-Pledged material.

The People's Seed

The idea for the People’s Seed emerged in the second half of 2016 after a National Plant Breeders meeting in August in Raleigh, NC. Tony Kleese attended a two day-session on Intellectual Property Rights where he listened to people from across the industry expound on the state of panic they had found themselves in as they attempted to do breeding work for the best of society while operating in a system that ran counter to that goal.