At the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference, which I attended in the fall, one of the presenters was Chris Smith from Sow True Seed. Founded in 2008 by food activist and gardener Carol Koury, Sow True Seed is based in Asheville, North Carolina.
If you, like me, are already looking forward to springtime and planning your garden, Sow True Seed offers over 500 open-pollinated, heirloom, GMO-free, and/or organic vegetable, herb, and flower varieties. They also offer seed saving kits, mushroom plugs and other supplies, bulbs and tubers, cover crops and sprouts, books, custom seed packets for weddings and other events, garden hand tools, and other gifts.
Sow True Seed supports agricultural initiatives in the Southern Appalachia region. Each year they donate thousands of seed packets to community gardens and other educational programs. They also offer fundraising programs for schools and other organizations, the Appalachian Bean Project focused on preserving rare bean varieties, monthly “Tea, Biscuits, and Gardening” events, and founded the Western NC Garlic Fest.
You can purchase seeds from Sow True Seed through their catalog, website, or in retail stores listed on their website here.
Want to win one of their seed collections?
Sow True Seed has agreed to give away one of their Cool Season Garden seed collections to one of our blog readers in the US or Canada. This collection includes 10 varieties that thrive in cooler spring and fall temperatures. Beet, broccoli, carrot, lettuce, sugar snap pea, onion, radish, spinach, and swiss chard seed packets are included.
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Janie Hynson is an aspiring homesteader in North Carolina. She recently moved back to her hometown after living in Boston for six years and then traveling across the U.S. working on organic farms. Janie works in public health and sustainable agriculture and is interested in how health can be improved through homesteading.
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