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“A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty” by The Seed Ambassadors Project$4.00
A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty
by The Seed Ambassadors Project
(That’s us!). 4th Edition, January 2010. 38 pages.
5th edition coming soon! (Yes, we said that last year. And yes, we still mean it.) Our small publication/zine on seed saving. Contains basic background information and fundamental concepts of seed saving as well as straightforward and concise info on saving seed for the main garden crop types.
Not currently available printed (by us, anyway!).
“Around The World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure For Temperate Climates” by Stephen Barstow$29.95
Around The World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure For Temperate Climates
By Stephen Barstow. 2014. 304 pages.
This book is such a gem. In “Around the World in 80 Plants”, Barstow shows us how many (80!) perennial vegetables can be easily integrated into our gardens and diets. The book includes terrific photos and horticultural information as well as cultural and culinary notes about each of the plants profiled. The write-ups are fantastic and are written in a very engaging style that will make you want to grow and eat most – if not all – of what is described. Many of the selections are ornamental as well as edible (“edimentals“), making it as great a reference for edible landscapes and teaching gardens as it is for permaculture homesteads. Andrew says, “This is the single most interesting book I’ve read in five years.” Plant nerds will love this book, and people that are not yet plant nerds may just become one after leafing through these pages.
“Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace” by Tom Titus$12.00
Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace
By Tom A. Titus. 1st edition, 2012. Autographed. 147 pages.
We are not in the business of selling books for pleasure reading, but Blackberries in July is such a great read that we couldn’t resist adding it to the short list of our book offerings because Sarah loves this book. Full of engaging imagery and rich prose, this book is so thoroughly enjoyable you will want to read it out loud so the people around you can share in the delight. Traveling through the seasons in the pages of this book is a celebration of living in a connected way with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. This book is a must-read for anyone who finds their home in the Cascadia region, or anyone who wants to know what it’s like for those of us lucky enough to call this place home.
“Biologist Tom Titus returns to his native Oregon in search of old orchards, bay clams, wild mushrooms, spawning salmon, and home. This poetic year-long hunting and gathering of his spirit reunites him with the land and traditions of four generations, and leads to a profound reordering of values and priorities. Humor and compelling personal insight illuminate the emotional pitfalls and spiritual payoffs of the conscious pursuit of place.”
Autographed by the author.
“Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties” by Carol Deppe$25.00
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving
By Carol Deppe. 2nd edition, 2000. 348 pages.
Possibly the most important and entertaining garden book currently in print. Reading this book will empower your seed stewardship abilities and catapult you further into a world of plant fun.
“Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners” by Suzanne Ashworth$24.95
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
By Suzanne Ashworth. 2nd edition, 2002. 228 pages.
This is the seed saving reference book. It describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. Details include botanical classification; flower structure & means of pollination; required population size & isolation distance; techniques for caging or hand-pollination; & also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, & storing the seeds. We reference this book regularly. Absolutely essential for anyone with interest in saving seeds.
“The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3” by the Greenhorns$20.00
The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3: Commons of Sky, Knowledge, Land, Water.
By the Greenhorns. 2017. 360 pages.
Forget the weather predictions and advertisements for “collectible” coins – this ain’t your typical almanac. Volume 3, with 360 pages of original agrarian content, essays, cartoons, imagery and historical snippets, harnesses the wisdom of over 120 contributors from the Greenhorns community of new farmers and ranchers. This volume explores the theme of The Commons, drawing from folklore, mathematical projections, empirical, emotional, and geographical observations of theory and praxis.
The New Farmer’s Almanac is a great way to spend some time. Proceeds go to support the mission of the Greenhorns, a grassroots nonprofit that works to support new farmers in America. Makes a great gift and a must-have addition to every farmer’s (and aspiring farmer’s) library.
“The Organic Seed Grower” by John Navazio$49.95
The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
By John Navazio. 1st edition, 2012. 388 pages. Hardback.
This gorgeous textbook style book has everything you need to know about producing high quality seed crops for most vegetables using organic methods. Information includes isolation distance, population size, genetic maintenance, and tips and tricks of the trade to ensure high quality seed. Additional chapters offer overviews of seed biology, seedborne diseases, and stockseed basics. Beautiful photos illustrate seed selection, harvest, and processing techniques. This book is a must have for anyone who is interested in growing high quality seeds on any scale. Worth every penny!
“The Resilient Gardener” by Carol Deppe$29.95
The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
By Carol Deppe. 1st edition, 2010. 384 pages.
This truly is a gardening book like no other. Written in an engaging style, it has loads of information on how to successfully grow potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs — even with constraints ranging from a bad back, to changing weather, to lack of accessible fertility or water inputs, and more. The technical info is rounded out with recipes, anecdotes, photos, and resources. Highly recommended for everyone wanting to expand their gardening abilities beyond the basics and focus on the food crops that can provide real nourishment year-round.
“The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Saving Seed”$29.95
The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Saving Seed
Edited by Lee Buttala & Shanyn Siegel, written by Jared Zystro & Micaela Colley. 2015. 390 pages with 350 color photographs.
The Seed Garden is a wonderful book that is the result of a joint project between the Organic Seed Alliance & the Seed Savers Exchange, two leading organizations in the topic of seed saving & seed stewardship. The Seed Garden gives step-by-step instructions on saving seed for over 75 crop types & provides a solid starting point for any seed saving venture. It also includes an extended amount of seed saving fundamentals, including information on plant biology, seed borne diseases, germination testing parameters, storage & maintenance & more. Altogether, it is a valuable addition to the library of novice & experienced seed savers alike. Beautiful & approachable on all levels, we couldn’t recommend this book more highly.
Winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2016 book award, whose award committee describes The Seed Garden as “The only book people will need to grow plants and save their seed;” it provides “critical information packaged in an attractive way;” & is “an indispensable, brilliantly written, and beautifully illustrated resource.” Well said!
“The Transition Document: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture” by Harry MacCormack$29.95
The Transition Document: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture
By Harry MacCormack. 4th edition, 2009. 200 pages.
This is the most comprehensive book we have found about the big picture issues of organic agriculture. It contains in-depth scientific & experiential information about soils & soil biology, chemicals, field practices, compost & compost tea, & the end goal – healthful food from healthy soils for healthy people. Written in an accessible style by one of the original leaders of the organic movement & a founder of Oregon Tilth, The Transition Document is a must-read for anyone interested in organic agriculture.
Adaptive Seeds Lettuce Mix (Organic)$3.80–$12.80
Lactuca sativa. 28 days baby.
This lettuce mix contains many of our best lettuce varieties that are ideal for salad cutting, with a focus on varieties that we think are tasty and colorful. Mixing loose leaf, romaine, and oak leaf types means this mix can easily be used for cut-and-come-again salads. We recommend this mix for fall and spring sowings.
Adaptive Seeds Summer Lettuce Mix (Organic)$3.80–$6.80
Lactuca sativa. 28 days baby.
Features varieties that have performed well in our hot weather lettuce trials. Includes crisphead, romaine, oak leaf, and butterhead varieties, making this mix work well for head lettuce or cut-and-come- again salad mix production. We recommend this mix for summer sowings in the Pacific Northwest.
Smyrnium olusatrum. Perennial/Biennial.
This ancient plant goes by many names and has a long history possibly going back to Alexander The Great. Large yellow-flowered umbel blooms are highly desirable to beneficial insects. Aromatic black seeds give Alexanders one of its synonyms – Black Lovage. Leaves are comparable to a mild-flavored parsley, and are tasty in salad or used as an herb. Short lived perennial or biennial that will self-sow and grow in sun or shade. Plants are not true perennials, they tend to die after flowering (which may take a few years). With its noninvasive habit, it is perfect for the low maintenance or semi-wild garden. Native to the Mediterranean, the Romans introduced it throughout Europe, where it can still be found growing wild near medieval monastery gardens. The Romans ate the leaves, stems, roots, and flower buds as vegetables. Seeds require a period of moist, cold conditions for germination. Sow in fall or early spring. Very winter hardy, plants sometimes go dormant in the summer. We thank Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds for introducing this cool plant to the Oregon gardening scene. Aka, Alexander’s Greens, Alisanders, Black Lovage, Horse Parsley, Macedonian Parsley, and Maceron.
Amaranth, Coral Fountain (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.
Coral Fountain is similar to the beloved Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth, with its long flowing pendulum type flower heads, but the flowers are a lovely coral-peach color instead of magenta. Plants grow to 4 – 5′ with flowers reaching downward to the ground. Makes a great cut flower & also works well in dry arrangements. Combine with Love Lies Bleeding and Green Cascade for a rainbow of cascading tassels. Like most A. caudatus species, Coral Fountain yields a delicious edible golden seed that is high in protein.
Amaranth, Green Cascade (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.
Very similar to Green Tails but is a lighter colored golden-green. It is also a few inches shorter and many days earlier to mature, with smaller plants overall. When the plants are about 5′ tall they start producing long cascades of flower heads, which bend the plant over so that it gets shorter as the plants mature – down to about 4 ft. The racemes reach to the ground and sometimes beyond – if these plants stood straight up they would be very tall. If you’re in an area with a shorter growing season, this is the green amaranth for you!
Amaranth, Green Tails (Organic)$3.00–$60.00
Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 75 days.
I want to change the name of this amaranth to Envy Lies Bleeding because it looks so much like the deep red variety, Love Lies Bleeding. But, Green Tails it is. Long lime green cascades of flower heads form on plants that grow 4-5 feet. When planted in rows it makes a nice backdrop wall to other smaller flowers. Racemes may be cut and used in bouquets or as a dried flower, and combines well with Coral Fountain, Green Cascade, and Love Lies Bleeding. This species of amaranth is thought to originate in South America and was used by some indigenous cultures for grain and greens.
Amaranth, Love Lies Bleeding (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.
Very unique, beautiful flower and grain. Grown in the US as a popular ornamental. Very nice as a long lasting cut flower. Long streaming magenta seed heads yield tiny tan seeds that have a slight pink hue. Great crop for summer heat, tolerates neglect very well. Occasionally self seeds and can come back as a volunteer, however it is not weedy like pigweed. This species of amaranth is thought to originate in South America and was used by some indigenous cultures as a grain staple food.
Amaranth, Miriah Leaf (Organic)$3.00–$12.00
Amaranthus tricolor. Leaf/Greens. 25-50 days.
A beautiful red-veined green leaf amaranth for salad and cooking. Leaf backs are all red, adding unique color to salad. A heat tolerant spinach substitute that is popular in Asia and Latin America. Also good cooked or pickled. A few years ago we tasted a kimchi made from amaranth leaf and it was very good! This type of amaranth is sometimes called Callaloo in the Caribbean where it is used to make a popular dish of the same name. We brought this variety back from the abyss in 2006 after it was lost commercially in 1999. Not a grain variety as it has black seeds.
Amaranth, Oeschberg (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
Amaranthus cruentus. Flower. 70 days.
Oeschberg is an amazing deep purple-red amaranth that is darker than Love Lies Bleeding, but with an upright growth habit. Seed heads are very highly branched and hold their color longer than other varieties, making it great for flower arrangements. Plants are a bit short for an upright amaranth at 4′ tall, which is great in the garden as they won’t shade out everything else. Leaves and seeds are edible. Leaves are good for a heat resistant salad green when young, red color develops early. May self-seed. Flowering amaranths can be succession-sown until the end of July for late-season flower production.
Amaranth, Rio San Lorenzo (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
Amaranthus sp. Grain. 45 days leaf; 100 grain.
We chose this variety because of its beautiful marbled seed heads of pink-red and yellow-gold. They are gorgeous and seem to shimmer. Leaves can also be eaten raw when young or cooked like spinach when more mature. Vigorous plants grow to 8′ here in the Willamette Valley. Seed threshes easily from plants and does not shatter if harvested on time. Harvest for grain when a seed feels hard when you bite on it, as opposed to doughy. Be sure to get it before the birds! A traditional grain amaranth from Durango, Mexico.
Amaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)$3.00–$60.00
Amaranthus sp. Grain. 45 days leaf; 90 grain.
Stocky plants grow 4-5′ tall for us, producing mostly light-gold heads packed with tiny blond seeds. Occasional bi-colored magenta plants are very beautiful and would be worth growing as an ornamental crop. Very early for a grain amaranth. Leaves can also be eaten raw when young or cooked like spinach when more mature. After plants are cut at the base for seed harvest, we have seen new leaves re-sprout, producing even more food! Overall a really great variety. We received it as a variable mix called Sunset Dwarf from Bountiful Gardens, grown at Golden Rule Garden. We re-selected heavily to eliminate any tall red plants and named it Sunset Goldilocks, since it has golden locks, and is not too tall and not too short. Enjoy!
Arugula, Tuscan (Organic)5 out of 5$3.25–$24.00
Big thick leaves with excellent flavor and very cold hardy. For those who like their arugula to have a little kick, Tuscan has a spicier flavor than common varieties such as Astro. Some plants have strap-like leaves, others are lobed. Seed Ambassador Kayla Preece collected this variety from Agricultori Custodi, a seed preservation group in Tuscany, Italy.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Aster, Giants of California (Organic)$3.50
Callistephus chinensis. 90 days.
Intense pom-poms of double, daisy-like flowers in bright and light pink, lavender, and white, providing a different palette than other flower mixes we offer. The color is so vivid on these it looks like someone turned the pastel saturation all the way up on grandma’s old TV. Flowers hold a long time both on and off the plant; long slender stems are good for cutting. Blooms to 4” across on plants that grow to 3′ tall. Annual.
Bachelor Button, Black Ball (Organic)$3.25
Super dark maroon flowers really catch your eye in the garden and in bouquets. Flowers bloom from June to August, covering plants with 2″ double flowers. Plants grow to 3′ tall and may need staking in the garden. Young shoots are edible, flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, florets can be used in salads, as a vegetable, or as a garnish. Flowers may be dried for flower arrangements. Will self-sow. Bachelor Buttons are also known as cornflowers, and are usually a light blue color. Aka, Cornflower.
Bachelor Button, Blue Jubilee Gem (Organic)$3.50
Bachelor Buttons deserve a place in every garden. They are easy-to-grow, make a nice little cut flower, and pollinators love them. Frilly blossoms reach 2” across and are a lovely periwinkle blue color, the most common bachelor button color. The semi-dwarf plants grow to about 2′ and bloom over a long period, especially if dead-headed. Naturalizes easily if you don’t deadhead all of them. Won the All-American Selections silver medal in 1937 and it has been a favorite in the garden ever since. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. Annual that can handle light frost. Aka, Cornflower.
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Bangkok Seed Garlic$13.00–$22.00
Hardneck Turban type
Bangkok is the only Turban type of garlic we have grown repeatedly. As a Turban, it is delightfully different from all other garlic types. Plants leaf out much more quickly after planting in the fall, and continue this accelerated growth all the way through the season, maturing almost a month earlier than the silverskin types. Leaves are much less fibrous than other types of garlic making it a good candidate for green garlic. Wrappers are white with some purple streaking, and cloves are plump with pink wrappers. Heat is only moderate. This variety was picked up many years ago at a market in Bangkok, Thailand.
Minimum bulb size for our seed garlic is 2 inches across. Average 5-8 bulbs per pound.
Seed grown by Avram Drucker of Garlicana in Tiller, Oregon.
Garlic is available now and ships through early February.
No international orders.
Barley, Condor Hulless (Organic)$3.00
Two-rowed hulless barley developed by Alberta Agriculture Crop Research and released in 1989. Threshes easily and thoroughly, making it a good choice for homestead production to be used either cooked whole or milling into flour, though it was developed as a feed barley. Protein content averages just under 15%, making it a full 2–2.5% higher than standard hulled cultivars. A spring planted variety that is a few days earlier and higher yielding than many others. Our seed came from Tim Peters, who probably got it from USDA-GRIN.
Barley, Föckinghauser (Organic)$3.00
A 2-row German hulled barley that can be used for malting or animal feed. This barley was picked out of a bag of Föckinghauser Oats that we collected in Germany. Andrew was excited for the barley’s sneaky way of contaminating the bag of oats because he wants to one day grow German malting barley for his own specialty malts for home brew. Malting and toasting small amounts of barley in the oven is an excellent addition to a home brew batch. It fills the house with a delicious aroma, and the rich freshness is imparted to the beer. Spring sow March through May.
Barley, Lawina Hulless (Organic)$3.00–$5.00
This tasty hulless barley performed well for us from spring sowings. Short plants produce 2-rowed heads that thresh easily but don’t shatter. Hulless barley is a good bioregionally appropriate substitute for rice, as it produces well, is easy to process, and cooks up into a tasty, wholesome whole grain. Lawina was our golden barley variety of choice when we produced grain for market. We obtained this variety from the breeder, Karl-Josef Müller, on our first Seed Ambassadors trip to Germany.
Barley, Purple Hulless Improved$3.00–$7.00
Great in soups, whole grain salads, or try as an alternate in risotto. This variety is hulless, meaning that the hull falls off naturally during harvest ensuring the bran and germ remain. This results in whole grain edible barley. We recommend lightly toasting in a dry pan until barley begins to pop or smell like toast. Then cook like brown rice. The result is a fairly firm texture when cooked with a delightful rich nutty flavor. This variety is 6 row, and is less prone to lodging than Tibetan and other Purple Hulless barleys, which it may have been selected from. Best sown in spring.
Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.
Basil, Italian Mountain Sweet (Organic)$3.50–$20.00
A strain of Italian sweet basil that is more cool weather resistant than other basil. From the mountains of Northern Italy via the seed company Seeds Trust, formally located in Montana. They report that it grows better than other basil in Montana and we find it to be a great producer outdoors in Oregon as well. The sweet rich flavor is similar to other Genovese types of basil and it is perfect for pesto and Caprese salad. Slow to bolt but not too slow to make seed. Prolific flowers that the bees go crazy over.
Basil, Thai Lemon (Organic)$3.50–$20.00
This refreshing, citrus basil is a different species than its cousins Sweet Basil and Holy Basil, and is essential in certain South and Southeast Asian dishes. Thai Lemon Basil is also delicious with seafood, or as a more complex flavorful alternative to sweet basil in other dishes. It is best when added towards the end of cooking. Leaves are smaller and more pinnate, but otherwise it grows similarly to other basil types. We received our seed from villagers at Ban Noong Ta Klong in the Issan region of Thailand, while on a Seed Ambassadors Project trip in 2009. Aka, Hoary Basil, Hairy Basil, and Lemon Basil.