About the seeds we steward...
H - Heirloom Seeds
Our Heirloom Seeds are hand-pollinated according to the guidelines outlined by the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE). This is so we know the seeds will produce plants that retain the parents' characteristics.
OPH - Open Pollinated Heirloom
Open Pollinated Heirloom seeds are from heirloom plants that have been isolated from other varieties of their species within a pre-determined distance. Time, mechanical isolation and bagging techniques may have been used to assure the seeds reproduce true to their parents.
OP - Open Pollinated
Open Pollinated seeds have the potential for more genetic diversity - and even the extra productivity said to come with F1 Hybrids. Plants within the same species and genus may be cross-pollinated by bees. Our seeds are not “hybrid” in the sense of being produced through controlled pollination — often with highly inbred lines — by modern plant breeders. Hybrids are typically developed for large-scale high input agricultural production systems. In other words, we do not sell plants or seeds from F1 hybrids. However, natural hybridization — the crossing of genetically distinct parents, both within and between populations, varieties, and species — has been important in crop diversity throughout history. It is a natural process, resulting from open-pollination, and one that farmers have often used to their advantage. These we call Open Pollinated (OP).
- Have taken the Safe Seed Pledge to commit that they are not genetically modified.
- Are committed to the stewardship practices that we are committed to: Organically gardened/farmed; using permaculture principles and ecologically protective policies. To be frank, we don't ever use chemicals. Period.
- We enrich the soil with compost.
As of March 2020 we have
H - Red Corn
H - Luffa
H - Ashwagandha
OP - Red Cherry Tomato (hardy and drought-tolerant)
$3.50/per pkg of 25 plus $5 shipping
To order, email: cynthiac@socalgardenhealth