Located in Mineral, Virginia, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is a 72-acre farm and cooperatively run business which sells more than 800 varieties of open-pollinated, organic, and heirloom vegetable, herb, flower, grain, and cover crop seeds. Most of their seeds are grown by a network of over 50 small farms across the United States. You can learn about some of their seed growers here.
Southern Exposure also offers several varieties of cotton, seed mixes, and mushroom spawns as well as seed-saving and other garden supplies. On their website, they have a Garden Planner tool and many different Growing Guides (such as for growing specific vegetable, herb, and flower varieties, seed saving, and fall and winter gardening tips). And they have a blog, too!
Rainbow Starters Mix
One of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’s products is the Rainbow Starters Mix. The Rainbow Starters Mix includes the following seed varieties: Jewel Mix nasturtiums, Autumn Beauty sunflowers, Royalty Purple Pod bush beans, Lacinato Rainbow kale, Easter Egg radishes, Rainbow chard, Cosmic Purple carrots, Lemon cucumbers, Tromboncino summer squash, and Wild Garden lettuce mix. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange donates 30% of their sales of the Rainbow Starters Mix to the Piedmont Environmental Council and Buy Fresh, Buy Local!
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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