Adaptive Seeds was established in 2009 by Andrew Still and Sarah Kleeger. We are a certified organic farm based seed company near Sweet Home, Oregon. We steward rare, diverse and resilient seed varieties for ecologically-minded farmers, gardeners and seed savers. Most of our seed is adapted to the Pacific Northwest and other short season northern climates. We sell only public domain, open pollinated (OP) seed, as well as diverse gene pool mixes. All of our seed is grown by us or a few regional friends who help with isolation needs. If we didn't grow it, we say who did in the variety description. For more information about our growers, see below.
NONE of our seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented, PVP, or genetically modified (GMO). All of our seed is grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, and NONE of it is treated.
Our farm has been Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth since early summer 2013.
Since 2013 when we finished our farm certification process, all seeds that have been grown at Adaptive Seeds are certified organic. In the fall of 2015, we added the handler's scope to our organic certification, enabling us to sell seed purchased from certified organic growers as certified organic seed. This means that as of 2018, 98% of our catalog is certified organic! The number of certified varieties in our catalog will only increase each year and we hope to be 100% certified organic within the next few years. The varieties listed in our catalog without the organic logo are always grown using organic methods; most of them were produced by farms that either choose not to certify for one reason or another, or are working towards certification. We appreciate your patience as we continue this transition and if you ever have a concern, just ask.
Our Seed Priorities
- Rare and heritage varieties
- Oregon and Northwest-bred
- Public domain, modern varieties
- Diverse genepool mixes and landraces
- Open pollinated varieties for commercial growers
- Winter garden varieties
- Early maturing and northern adapted varieties
- Highly nutritious staple foods
We guarantee that every seed lot we sell is regularly germination tested by an independent seed laboratory and has been found to exceed industry and federal germination standards.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Why Open Pollinated (OP) & Regional?
Hybrid seeds are beneficial mostly as monocrops. It seems the goal of the corporate produced hybrid is to sever the seed's relationship to the natural world, and profit from a corrupt short term economic model. We believe proprietary control schemes such as hybrids (F1), patenting, PVP, and trademarking are stifling resilient innovation and diversity. Proprietary hybrids are the single biggest contributor to the erosion of agricultural biodiversity regionally and worldwide. Open pollination encourages diversity and resilience. It is akin to open source. Unlike hybrids, open pollinated varieties become adapted to the area in which they are grown and have been shown to outperform imported seed. If we are to approach true food freedom, it must rest on a foundation of open pollination.
Open Source Seed Initiative
We are thrilled to be able to encourage open access to biodiversity as a partner seed company and participating breeder with the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). OSSI is dedicated to maintaining fair and open access to plant genetic resources worldwide by offering a new way to save and exchange seed that ensures the seed will remain free of patents, licenses, and other restrictions.
Varieties that are registered as OSSI seed are accompanied by the pledge (see below), which prohibits the varieties or their derivatives from being patented or licensed in ways that can restrict use. The OSSI Pledge also requires that any subsequent distributions of OSSI seed, or of derivatives bred from OSSI seed, be accompanied by the pledge. In this way, OSSI intends to develop an expanding pool of genetic resources that are available now and in the future for unrestricted use by scientists, farmers, and gardeners. This pledge is a commitment to foster unfettered exchange of germplasm and the freedom to use the material for any purpose, with the single proviso that by accepting the pledge the user commits to allowing others freedom to use the material or derivatives of the material.
Varieties listed in our catalog with the OSSI logo have been designated open source by the people who bred them and are registered as OSSI-Pledged seeds. Breeders that participate include Carol Deppe, Frank Morton, Dave Podoll, and us here at Adaptive Seeds. Free the seed! For more information: osseeds.org
The Pledge: You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents, licenses or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.
What is The Seed Ambassadors Project?
The Seed Ambassadors Project (SAP) began as a small group of Oregon-based seed stewards with the principal goal to increase the diversity of locally adapted varieties in our bioregion and disseminate this resource in order to further local food system durability worldwide. We see locally adapted varieties as the foundation of the durable and resilient local food system that we are helping to create. Adaptive Seeds naturally evolved out of SAP as we found ourselves seeking more ways for our seeds to reach people.
A few of us Ambassadors spent several winters traveling through Europe and Asia sharing seed, collecting and exchanging varieties, and teaching seed saving skills. We have collected over 800 varieties of food plants, most of which were not available in the US when we acquired them. Many are now available in this catalog and others are offered through the Seed Savers Exchange. We also host seed swaps locally and teach classes on seed saving, winter gardening, and locally adapted seeds. Please visit us at: www.seedambassadors.org
Our Seed Grower Network
Abel Kloster & Tao Orion – When these two are not working on permaculture design projects or writing books (check out Tao's book, Beyond the War on Invasive Species), they grow seeds for us on their homestead in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Alan Adesse – Alan has been growing quality, certified organic seed crops for many years in the Williamette Valley. His farm, Hands On Organics, is now located in Junction City, Oregon.
Avoca – Hank Keogh primarily grows seed crops for Wild Garden Seed on his certified organic farm in Corvallis, Oregon. He & our General Manager, Jo Erikson, also just happen to be married.
Chickadee Farm – Sebastian Aguilar & Kelly Gelino grow certified organic seeds & mixed vegetables on their farm in Talent, Oregon.
Deep Harvest Farm – Nathaniel Talbot & Annie Jesperson farm on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington, producing certified-organic seed & vegetables.
Garlicana – Avram Drucker grows lots of alliums (more garlic varieties than you ever knew existed) & the occasional seed crop on his farm in Douglas County, Oregon.
Lonesome Whistle Farm – Kasey White & Jeff Broadie farm just north of Eugene, Oregon. Famous locally for their popcorn, grain & dry beans, which we offer here as seed.
Moondog's Farm – Dan Schuler & Shelly Bowerman grow subsistence food crops & certified organic seed on the Mohawk River in Mabel, Oregon.
Myrtle Creek Farm – Del Blanchard grows certified organic grains, beans, and specialty food crops on his farm in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
Oregon Country Farm – Serah Mead & Gabe Woytek worked together with Sarah & Rod Fielder, growing filberts, cider apples, & some seeds, in Brownsville, Oregon.
Organic Redneck – Brothers Jack & Sam Richardson grow certified organic blueberries, vegetables, & more on their farm near Leaburg, Oregon.
Pitchfork & Crow – Carri Heisler & Jeff Bramlett farm 15 acres of certified organic veggies, apples, & more for markets in Lebanon, Oregon.
Praying Mantis Farm – Jim Bronec farms near Canby, Oregon, where he specializes in certified organic winter squash for processing & clover seed.
Seven Seeds Farm – Don Tipping produces certified organic seed primarily for Siskiyou Seeds in Williams,Oregon.
Sunset Lane Farm – Marco Franciosa farmed certified organic vegetables, dried flowers & herbs for the family's other business, In The Farm Kitchen Shop, in Brownsville, Oregon.
Taproot Growers – Jenny & Keegan Caughlin grow certified organic seeds as well as a variety of crops & livestock at the confluence of the McKenzie & Mohawk Rivers in Springfield, Oregon.
The Organic Farm School – Aaron Varadi manages the fields, teaches the next generation of organic farmers, and grows seed with the school's Organic Seed Project on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Turnip the Beet – John & Lela Ludwig grow vegetables along the headwaters of the Siuslaw River in the foothills of Lorane, Oregon.
Uprising Organics – Brian Campbell & Crystine Goldberg focus on seed production, trialing & plant breeding in their fields in Lynden, Washington.
Wild Garden Seed – Frank & Karen Morton have been producing & breeding the finest organic seed for quite some time in Philomath, Oregon.
Wolf Gulch Farm – Tom & Maud Powell grow amazing seed crops as well as vegetables for the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative multi-farm CSA near Jacksonville, Oregon.
We offer a number of seed racks each year. If you are a store interested in selling our seeds, please send us an email. The following locations carry a selection of our seeds:
Down To Earth - Eugene, Oregon
Naomi's Organic Farm Supply - Portland, Oregon
Eastside Urban Farm & Garden - Olympia, Washington
First Alternative Co-op - Corvallis, Oregon
City Farm - Portland, Oregon
Concentrates - Portland, Oregon
Red Barn Garden Supply - Myrtle Creek, Oregon
Creswell Bakery - Creswell, Oregon
Port Orford Coop - Port Orford, Oregon
Clallam Canning Co - Port Angeles, Washington
Green Zebra Grocery (Kenton) - Portland, Oregon