It seems like a no brainer that the produce we grow in our garden should begin with a seed grown somewhere close by. Easier said than done.
It is surprisingly difficult to find local seeds in the (environmentally and social conscious) City of San Francisco. I went to a couple of the city’s most popular independent garden centers - thousands of beautiful seed packets were displayed, not a single one from a California company.
Though disheartened, I was not deterred. I did some research and came up with 9 California vegetable seed companies.
Buying local garden seeds isn’t as easy as picking up packets at your neighborhood garden center. But it’s worth the little extra effort! Consider:
- Seeds are grown in a more similar environment to your garden and are therefore more likely to thrive.
- Larger selections of unique and unusual varieties are available for local growing conditions. For example, Reene’s Garden carries peppers for foggy coastal climates.
- Your purchase supports not only a local farmer, or “seedsman” as J.L. Hudson likes to be called, but also what drives them. Diversifying seed populations, increasing self-sustainability, reducing carbon-footprints, and feeding growing world populations are just some of the many environmental and social causes that are at the heart of these companies. It’s very inspiring!
I have now purchased seeds from all 9 of these CA vegetable seed companies with positive results. I highly recommend you do, too. From start to finish, your produce will be truly local.
For more information about each company and how to purchase their seeds, see my California Seed Companies webpage>>