Adaptive Seeds

Our Guarantee

All of our seeds are germination tested by an independent seed laboratory. Each variety has met or exceeded the germination requirements of the Federal Seed Act & industry standards, for the year in which it is sold. Should our seeds not germinate for you, please let us know immediately, & we will promptly replace or refund the purchase price. Our liability is limited to the purchase price of the seeds, & refund or replacement is limited to one instance in the year of purchase. Due to organic certification requirements as well as our need to ensure that seed is stored in ideal conditions before it is shipped to customers, we cannot accept seed returns for reasons other than poor seed quality (i.e. poor germination, off-types).

As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

Please let us know if the seeds you received are mislabeled so we can correct the problem. In our time as farmers, we were victims of old-fashioned seed mix-ups at least once per year. We understand now & cannot correct a problem we don’t know about. We encourage feedback & look forward to hearing from you!!


Open Source Seed Initiative

We are thrilled to be able to encourage open access to biodiversity as a partner seed company & participating breeder with the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). OSSI is dedicated to maintaining fair & open access to plant genetic resources worldwide by offering a new way to save & exchange seed that ensures the seed will remain free of patents, licenses, & 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 & in the future for unrestricted use by scientists, farmers, & gardeners. This pledge is a commitment to foster unfettered exchange of germplasm & 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 & are registered as OSSI-Pledged seeds. Breeders such as Carol Deppe, Frank Morton, & us here at Adaptive Seeds. Free the seed! For more information

The OSSI 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.

We’ve Signed 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.

Certified Organic Seed

Varieties in our catalog with Organic in the title are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. Additionally, Adaptive Seeds only sells untreated (not coated with fungicides or insecticides), open pollinated seed, and NONE of it is genetically modified.

For certified organic growers who need a copy of our certificate for their own documentation, here’s a PDF of our most recent certificate: Adaptive Seeds Organic Certification. 

Here is our Untreated Seed Statement which states that all of our seed is non-treated and non-GMO.