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still life James Peale, Balsam Apples & Vegetables

Today’s post is not so much a post as a query directed at any readers who are also gardeners.

I do not want genetically modified seed nor do I want to support a company responsible for them. I don’t want hybrids either. That means some of the companies in the list owned by or affiliated with Monsanto are no longer seeds I will buy – primarily Ferry Morse.

Almost all the seeds I used this year were Ferry Morse seeds and I had a terrible germination rate. In fact the only seeds I had a really good germination on were the collards. By then, due to poor germination with other seeds, I sowed the collards so thickly I have been thinning them weekly for three weeks now. American Seeds brand had an even worse germination rate than the Ferry Morse and produced nothing.
Unfortunately, short of mail order those two are about the only brand available here. I can get Martha Stewart seeds, but really, who knows what those are and where they came from? There are vague theories that Ferry Morse packages them under the Martha Stewart name which would mean they’re the same seeds, but the price is jacked up on the Martha Stewart seeds.

For the coming year I ordered from Sustainable Seed Co., and I’ll be ordering from Baker Creek Seeds, Southern Exposure, Victory, and Seed Savers Exchange. No more rack seeds for me.

Feel free to comment on your success or lack of it with any of these sources, comment on your preferred source for seeds, or correct this list. I did not check out every company individually, but instead compared several online lists. The list may or may not be completely accurate. I did find some companies, for example, Burpee and Johnny’s, that were given a clean bill of health on some lists after originally being listed as Monsanto owned on others.

Note how the Treasured Garden [Heflin, AL] answered a query about whether they sold GMO’s. Any comments?

There is a lot of misinformation currently about GMO seeds. There are no GMO tomatoes, peppers and
most other vegetables. They just don’t exist at Monsanto or anywhere else. There are commercial seeds of corn and soybeans but that are only grown by commercial farms. Backyard garden seeds are not altered at all and are safe to grow.

The primary concern with GMO’s is that our foods in the grocery stores are almost exclusively being grown using GMO corn and soybean seeds on commercial farms. Even buying organic doesn’t guarantee GMO free.

OWNED BY MONSANTO OR SEMINIS OR SELL SMALL PERCENTAGES OF SEEDS FROM THEM:
Audubon Workshop
Breck’s Bulbs
Cook’s Garden
Dege Garden Center
Earl May Seed
E & R Seed Co
Ferry Morse
Flower of the Month Club
Gardens Alive
Germania Seed Co
Garden Trends
HPS
Jungs
Lindenberg Seeds
McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
Mountain Valley Seed
Nichol’s
Osborne
Park Bulbs
Park’s Countryside Garden
R.H. Shumway
Roots and Rhizomes
Rupp
Seeds for the World
Seymour’s Selected Seeds
Snow
Spring Hill Nurseries
Stokes
T&T Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
Totally Tomato
Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Wayside Gardens
Willhite Seed Co.
American Seeds
Asgrow
Campbell
DeKalb
De Ruiter
Diener Seeds
Fielder’s Choice
Fontanelle
Gold Country Seed
Hawkeye
Heartland
Heritage Seeds
Holdens
Hubner Seed
icorn
Jung Seed
Kruger Seeds
Lewis Hybrids
Peotec
Poloni
Rea Hybrids
Seminis
Specialty
Stewart
Stone Seed
Trelay
Western Seeds

Listed here are some safe seeds to purchase to ensure Non GMO Seeds.

Not owned by Monsanto:
Abundant Life Seeds
Amishland Seeds
Annapolis Valley
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Burpee – See below
Heritage Seed Company (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Diane’s Flower Seeds
Ed Hume Seeds
Fedco
Garden City Seeds
Heirlooms Evermore Seeds
Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Organics
Horizon Herbs
Johnny’s Seeds
Irish-Eyes
Landreth Seeds
Lake Valley Seeds
Livingston Seeds
Local Harvest
Mountain Rose Herbs
Organica Seed
Park Seeds
Pinetree
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Seeds of Change (Owned by Mars Inc.)
Southern Exposure
Sustainable Seed Co (added on request of the company)
Territorial Seeds
Tiny Seeds
Uprising Seeds
Virtual Farm Seed Co
Wildseed Farms

http://www.burpee.com/gygg/content.jsp?contentId=about-burpee-seeds
The owner of Burpee Seed stated they are not owned by Monsanto, do not sell GMO seeds, but do purchase some seeds from Seminis.

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