Seed Sale Fundraiser

The 2014 Seed Sale is now closed.  
But you can still browse the collections below. 

Mindful Mothers Spring Fundraiser: SEEDS TO GROW

{Scroll down to see all 6 seed collections}

For every $10 collection of seeds purchased, $4.00 is donated to Mindful Mothers! The other $6.00 goes to the ongoing preservation work at Heritage Farm. Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving our diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.” (For more info about the SSE and why Mindful Mothers loves them, click here)

Seed Order Deadline: (extended) March 2nd, 2014 at Midnight (PST)
Seeds will be mailed out as soon as they arrive! (Only $3.00 shipping and handling)
Seeds Available for pickup in SLO: Starting March 15th

Packages Available: 

Each of the following six collections contains 4 seed packets for $10.00:

#1 - Big Salad Bowl 
Start by tossing the lettuce, cucumber, radish, and tomato in a big salad bowl with some amazing dressing. Next time tuck the cucumber in a tantalizing sandwich. Make a radish dip, tomato sauce, or crisp pickles. Yum.

1) Seed Savers Lettuce Mixture: This is an attractive and well-balanced mixture of cutting lettuces: Australian Yellowleaf, Forellenschluss, Pablo, Red Velvet and at least four more of our favorite varieties. Enjoy a flavorful and colorful bouquet of lettuces at 40-45 days.

2) Isis Candy Cherry Tomato: Gorgeous bicolor cherry tomatoes are red with a spectacular cat’s eye starburst on the blossom end. Rich, sweet, fruity flavor. Plants are loaded with 1½" fruits in clusters of 6-8.

3) French Breakfast Radish: (organic) A very early market garden radish of French origin. Oblong and blunt, rose scarlet with a white tip. White crisp flesh with a mildly pungent flavor. Sow in the spring or fall and pick when small. A top quality garden standard since the 1880's.

4) Bushy Cucumber: (organic) Introduced to American gardeners by SSE in 1992. Originated in Russia where its short vines (up to 5' long) and ease of growing made it perfect for dacha or second-home gardens near Moscow. Produces bumper crops for fresh eating and pickling.


#2 - Container Magic
Walking the beautiful streets of urban areas, we've been in awe of selections grown in container gardens. Where space may be scarce, urban gardeners magically arrange pots for maximum beauty and bounty.

1) Silvery Fir Tree Tomato: (organic) Traditional Russian variety with distinctive carrotlike silvery-gray foliage on compact 24" plants. Heavy crops of round, slightly flattened 3-3½" red fruits. Unique decorative variety that is a real eyecatcher. Does well in hanging baskets or on patios.

2) Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard: (organic) (aka Rainbow Chard) Ornamental technicolor mixture of Swiss chards with shades of red, orange, purple, yellow, and white. Seed crops of all the different colors are grown in isolation to maintain a proper balance of colors. Tender and delicious.

3) Purple Dark Opal Basil: (organic) Most likely the same basil Vilmorin referred to in 1885 as “Large Purple Sweet Basil.” Beautiful lilac flowers with dark red stems. Excellent contrast with green basil. Spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or for adding color to basil vinegars. Very uniform, all purple Italian strain. Annual.

4) Empress of India Nasturtium: A classic Victorian nasturtium with dark blue-green foliage. Brilliant crimson flowers on 12-14" plants. Suitable for containers. The flowers and leaves are a peppery addition to salads, pastas, or used as a garnish. Hardy annual.


#3 - Kids Favorite 
f garden varieties had Oscars, this collection would get Best Picture. The "actors" possess versatility, character, and distinction. A favorite among kids - the collection is fun and easy to grow. And, kids love popcorn with movies.

1) Purple Podded Pole Bean: (organic) Heirloom variety discovered by Henry Fields in an Ozark garden in the 1930s. Plants climb vigorously to 6' and are extremely productive. High quality, meaty, stringless 5-7" reddish-purple pods that blanch to light green. Pole habit, snap.

2) Moon & Stars Watermelon: (organic) Created a sensation when Seed Savers Exchange disseminated this legendary long-lost variety. Kent Whealy searched for years before rediscovering it on a farm in Missouri. The 15" dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon.” Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds.

3) Sunflower Mixture:  A complete mixture of species and forms. If you can only plant one packet of sunflower seeds, this would be the one! Extended bloom period provides a nice supply of flowers for cutting from July until frost. For longer-lasting bouquets, be sure to pick heads that are just about to open. Plants average 4-6' tall.

4) Two Inch Strawberry Popcorn: (organic) Small red strawberry-shaped ears are good for popping and gorgeous for fall decorations. Plants are 5-6' tall with 2-4 ears per stalk.


#4 - Pizza Party
These great varieties shout out bold and magnificent flavors and are perfect for your next pizza party. Just add crust, olive oil, cheese, garlic, and friends!

1) Italian Heirloom Tomato: Outstanding heirloom from Italy. Plants are loaded with red fruits weighing over a pound. One of the most productive varieties we have grown at Heritage Farm. Excellent full tomato flavor. Ideal for slicing and canning—very little waste and easy to peel.

2) Genovese Basil: (organic) The classic large-leaved Italian sweet basil prized for its spicy flavor and wonderful aroma. Fragrant plants grow 18-24". This is the variety of choice for pesto.

3) Greek Oregano: Essential garden herb with a delicious pungent flavor, claimed to be better and sharper than true oregano. Light green, oval, pointed leaves are slightly wavy at the edges.

4) Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Pepper: (organic) Given to SSE by Jimmy whose mother brought the seeds to the U.S. when she immigrated with her husband Guiseppe from the Basilicata region of Italy in 1887. One of the very best for frying, delicious roasted apple flavor. Productive plants are loaded with glossy red 10" long peppers. Very popular sweet pepper.


#5 - Heritage Garden
"We all get our start somewhere." It turns out that this statement is especially true of heirloom seeds. Reading the stories behind these varieties makes the garden experience more satisfying and connects us to the past.

1) Chioggia Beet: Pre-1840 Italian heirloom, introduced to the U.S. before 1865. Named for a fishing town near Venice. Uniquely beautiful flesh has alternating red and white concentric rings that resemble a bull’s-eye. A feast for the eyes; wonderful for fresh eating and pickling. Retains markings if baked whole and sliced just before serving.

2) Grandpa Admire's Lettuce: (organic) In 1977, 90-year-old Chloe Lowry gave this family heirloom to SSE. It is named after her grandfather, George Admire, who was a Civil War veteran. Bronze-tinged leaves form large, loose heads. Mild flavor, slow to bolt, even in extreme heat. Butterhead.

3) Boston Marrow Squash: (organic) (aka Autumnal Marrow) Once the standard early squash, introduced in 1831. Excellent table quality: flesh is thick, flaky, and free from fiber. Striking red-orange skin, average fruits weigh 10-20 pounds.

4) Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory: One of the original Bavarian varieties that started SSE. Given by founders grandfather, Baptist John Ott, who lived on a 40-acre farm near St. Lucas, Iowa. Beautiful deep purple flower with a red star in its throat. Reliably self-seeds each year. Plants will climb 15' or more, if given support.


#6 - Flower Passion
"When it comes to flowers, how does one choose?" There is no recovery from a case of serious flower passion. The solution lies on in digging up new soil and planting more!

1) Sea Shells Cosmos: Exotic tubular flowers in shades of pink, red, and white. Bright colorful blooms on tall stems with typical ferny cosmos foliage. A real eye-catcher in any garden. Very easy to grow from seed.

2) Black Velvet Nasturtium: Intense velvety-black flower, a completely unique color within this genus. Dwarf 10-12" plants are ideal for containers. For a great contrast, try adding blossoms to your fresh spring salads.

3) Irish Eyes Sunflower: A Heritage Farm favorite. Dwarf plants loaded with multiple blooms that have pointed golden petals and green centers. One of the best for container gardening and cutting. Plants grow 4' tall.

4) Red Marietta Marigold: Continuous succession of beautiful 2" blooms provide a spectacular splash of color all summer. Perfect for borders or scattered throughout the garden. Classic marigold aroma. 


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Shipping Options
Seeds can either be picked up in San Luis Obispo or they can be mailed (including locations outside of SLO County!) for an additional $3.00 shipping and handling.

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