Terroir Seeds was born from both Cindy and Stephen being involved for almost 20 years in environmental education, habitat restoration, Holistic Resource Management in both grassland and rangeland improvements with several local ranches, as well as studying the impact of development and loss of agriculture on the health of soils and how to restore their biological activity and vitality. Their personal home garden has served as a test bed for over 14 years in learning to adapt the lessons learned in rangeland management and soil restoration to the home garden.
Cindy and Stephen both walked away from full-time jobs in 2008 to pursue their dream that was Terroir Seeds, a company that not only provides quality garden seeds but helps customers improve their gardens and skills with a wealth of information not found anywhere else. Early on, realizing that seeds were only one link in the chain of healthy food led to the model of providing not only the best seeds for the home garden, but also the knowledge needed to improve the soil for superior produce and recipes on how to prepare this treasure of home-grown food.
We fully recognize and support the importance of a biologically diverse seed supply and have re-affirmed Underwood Garden’s initial commitment to 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.”
Heirloom seeds and vegetables are being re-discovered as container, raised bed, and backyard gardens are being planted more than ever. Flavor, growing your own food and knowing where your food comes from are the biggest reasons for the growth of these gardens, farmer’s markets and CSA’s.
The largest agricultural segment growth has come from these local markets. People want really good tasting food and they want to know where it was grown! Just by being here, you are on the leading edge of this groundswell toward better food and health. Planting your own garden, small or not is a huge step towards better food, taste and nutrition for you and your family. A lot of food can be grown in small spaces, and sharing the extra is a guaranteed way to build relationships with the community in which you live.
We are a family owned and operated business focused on providing the highest quality seed, the best personal service, and making a positive impact in the community. We bring fast shipping and secure online ordering to you. You have the peace of mind of our dedicated, secure online order system. If you prefer to send a check, or do not feel comfortable with the online order, please call us at 888-878-5247 and we will help you with your order over the phone.
We have a network of growers that are passionate about the seeds they grow for us. They are even more demanding about the quality than we are! We partner with growers that understand the importance of genetic purity, identifying and correcting genetic drift and continuing to select for the best possible qualities in the plants that have made them heirlooms to begin with.