It’s that time of the year for planting seeds! And while you can find your cukes, tomatoes and beans at your local nursery or hardware store, it’s a little more difficult to find heirloom varieties. Step into The Living Seed Company, a small California business that offers high-quality seeds that grow to be flavorful and nutritious. Each of the seed varieties is 100% open-pollinated, organic or grown on small natural farms, non-GMO, untreated and vigorous.
Owned by Matthew Hoffman and Nancy Astrid Lindo, the seed varieties they have selected are rare and beautiful and they’ve searched far and wide to find them. Have you ever heard of Bloomsdale Lonstanding Spinach? We haven’t either, but apparently it’s delicious in omelets, soups, dips and pizza.
Here’s out it works: by subscribing to The Living Seed Company, customers receive 22 heirloom varieties, all of which have been selected to grow in almost every region. Subscriptions can be purchased in increments of one year (22 seed packets), two years (44 seed packets) or five years (110 seed packets) and includes a seed saving booklet so you can save your own heirloom seeds to grow year after year. The current selection, called The Founder’s Collection, is a Limited Edition collection with some of the rarest varieties. For shipping, the seeds are packed in strong, re-sealable mylar envelopes with a clay desiccant and they say that most varieties will store a whopping 4-10 years!
While each of these seeds widely adapted, highly productive and extreme weather tolerant, The Living Seed Company plans to take it one step further next year, offering collections that will be specific to regional needs.