GMO stands for genetically-modified organism. The genetic makeup of these organisms has been altered by science in a way that would not happen in nature. Large production agriculture companies pay to create these modified crops in order to grow the large monoculture of crop needed to support the mass production of animals and processed foods in demand today.
An heirloom seed is a variety that has been grown and saved for decades. The genetics are true to that of the parent plant. Some experts say heirloom seeds are at least 50 years old, while some say that their beginnings date back to World War II.
Heirloom seeds are not genetically modified, and they are not a hybrid. These seeds are also open pollinated, which means they are pollinated by nature (birds, butterflies, bees, and wind). Many heirloom varieties have been saved due to their hardiness, quality, and taste.
We obtain our seed from reputable and sustainable farmers throughout the nation. Each variety is tested for acceptable germination before being sold, and periodically after that.
We honor the Safe Seed Pledge:
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.