Mary's Heirloom Seeds is a "mom and pop" small business created out of a desire to help people become more sustainable and self-sufficient. Our customers know that we are a simple phone call or email away. Most importantly, we are happy to share growing advice freely and include free seed packs with most orders.
In May 2011, we opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds offering just 20 Heirloom, non-gmo seed varieties. Since then, we have continued to added to our collection!
In August 2013 I decided to open a booth for Mary's Heirloom Seeds at a local farmer's market.
It was a HUGE step since I work Monday thru Friday (at a "real job") and so far had only sold heirloom seeds on my website. So I took this first huge step...and it was AMAZING! I had such a great time and I met so many people. The farmer's market offers a very unique opportunity for a local, heirloom seed market.
The "shop small" movement is growing in America. As a small business owner I can tell you that shopping "small" makes a huge difference! Shopping small makes dreams come true. It has made our dreams come true.
Our seeds are sourced from small-family farmers and seed growers within the US to provide clean, healthy seeds. We do not and have never sourced from monsanto-affiliated companies.
From our seed pack envelopes to our labels and packaging material, all of our paper comes from post-consumer recycled material. We hand-pack, print and label all of our own seed packages. Our website is hosted with a wind-powered, sustainable company. My office is simple with shelves of alphabetized seed packs and educational material. My Outdoor office is our gardens! We grow what we call "beyond organic" by incorporating companion planting for pest control and plant for the BEES! In the past, we have had a booth at the local farmer's market where we sold our heirloom, non-GMO garden seeds, organic sprouting seeds and sprouting kits. I also offer free sustainable gardening workshops at the farmer's market and via our website!
You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up. The quality, not to mention the nutritional value, has been suffering for quite a while.
Heirloom seeds or seeds that have been passed down for generations are far hardier and as some studies suggest, have more nutritional value than genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
I don't sell anything that I wouldn't grow in my own garden. All of the seeds listed are un-treated, non-hybrid, open-pollinated, non-gmo, heirloom seeds. Plants are grown using no chemicals. The picture above and to the right is one of my own tomatoes.
Anyway, I have been growing my own vegetables and besides the money they save me the flavor is WAY better than the vegetables available at the supermarket. It also makes me feel less dependent on the supply and I know what goes on my veggies.
I put together a few packages of seeds that seem to belong together and the individual seeds are available also. Food prices are not going down and growing your own food, especially heirloom veggies, is a great way to save money and get more nutrition for your dollar.
We've finally made the big move to our semi-rural property. We are so excited for this opportunity to continue growing and educating!
Education is Key to a successful organic garden. Many of our customers are first time, backyard gardeners and it gives us great satisfaction to help them grow successfully. Year after year, customers come back to Mary's Heirloom Seeds for their organic gardening needs because of our High Germination rates and superior customer service. Heirloom Seeds and growing organic isn't just our business, it's our passion!
Mary's Heirloom Seeds has signed the Safe Seed Pledge.
The Safe Seeds pledge states "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."
What is GMO?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are created using gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, GE) In 30 other countries around the world there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. In the U.S. on the other hand, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale.
If you will do the research you will see that GMO veggies don’t produce viable seeds and they digest differently than heirloom veggies.
From our article "What are Heirlooms, Hybrids & GMOs?"
An heirloom seed variety has been saved and passed down from generation to generation. These seeds have been carefully cultivated and are considered a great value to the recipient. Some say an heirloom variety is 50 years old or more. Some heirloom varieties have been passed down for over 100 years and others for over 400 years.
Heirloom Seeds can be very unique like the Lemon Cucumber or Romanesco Italia Broccoli and others are just like the produce you buy in the store (only tastier) like the Roma Tomato.
Mary's Heirloom Seeds
P. O. Box 3763 - Ramona, CA 92065