“Growing Food in Southern California” by David King

BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS 2278 Baker Creek Road Mansfield, MO 65704; 417.924.8917 What a catalog! Beautiful pictures of the produce – vegetable porn for sure. I have never ordered from them, but I have heard good things about them. (Includes the Petaluma Seed Bank 199 Petaluma Blvd. North; Petaluma, CA 94952.  Phone (707) 509-5171

BOUNTIFUL GARDENS 18001 Shafer Ranch Road; Willits, CA 95490; 707.459.6410 Organic seed; open-pollinated. A part of the work done by John Jeavons, a proud and active member of the population of organic and open-pollinated gardeners. If you see him, he owes me a laser pointer.

FEDCO PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903 207.873.7333 They are rabidly anti-GMO, though they do carry hybrids in addition to open-pollinated seeds. A wonderful and extensive selection. (A lovely letter to customers can be found on their site, Sticker Shock Moves from the Oil Tank to the Seed Catalog. Someone who writes this beautiful deserves to get some of our money!)

PEACEFUL VALLEY FARM SUPPLY PO Box 2209; Grass Valley, CA 95945; 916.272.4769 I have purchased many seeds (and other things!) from Peaceful Valley – I love their catalog. They have an excellent selection of cover crop seeds as well as a lot of organic gardening supplies and tools.

NATIVE SEED/SEARCH 526 N. 4th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705; 520.622.5561 (Fax 520.622.5591) Specializing in the seeds of south western United States, concentrating on the ancient seeds of the First Nations’ Peoples from amaranth to watermelon. A worthy cause for your money. Please note, this entry does not appear on the handout distributed in class, that is my error.

PINETREE GARDEN SEEDS PO Box 300, Rt. 100; New Gloucester, ME 04260; 207.926.3400 Probably the best for a home gardener – small packets of very current seed, a very good value. The smaller packets mean a smaller price so a person can order a lot more varieties and experiment. I have been a customer for many years.

SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE Rt. 3 Box 239; Decorah, Iowa 52101; 563.382.5990 Membership fees $35. Free brochure. Some organic, but ALL open-pollinated. There are two ways to save seeds: one is to collect them all and keep them in a huge building that protects them from everything up to (and including) nuclear holocaust. The other way is to grow ’em. You can find the chance to grow them here.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE SEED EXCHANGE P.O. Box 460, Mineral, VA 23117, 540.894.9480 (Fax: 540.894.9481) A commercial venture that is somewhat similar to Seed Savers Exchange, but really isn’t an exchange. They do carry seed saving supplies – nice to have if you are going to save seed.

Populuxe Seed Bank

ORGANIC SEED ALLIANCE PUBLICATIONS P.O. Box 772, Port Townsend, WA 98368, 360.385.7192 (Fax: 360.385.7455) OSA is dedicated to providing quality seed-related resources to the public free of charge. Our publications include policy reports, plant breeding and variety trial guides, seed production guides, online tutorials, worksheets, record sheets, and proceedings from our biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference. Including a free Download Registration 1: A Seed Saving Guide for Farmers and Gardeners

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN Explore the Early Fruit & Seed Catalogs of Southern California: 1888-1945 California’s Horticultural History 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007