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Jan 6th, 2016 | Category: Growing

by Becca Schwarz Cole

Osborne Seed Company's 2016 cover.

Osborne Seed Company’s 2016 cover.

The holidays are over, but January continues to bring some truly appreciated gifts – in the form of catalogs. Like many of you, we’ve had seed catalogs on the brain now since the first deep frost, and some have been happily received so far from the mailbox, and luckily, more will come. There’s nothing better than a cold January evening with a hot cup of cocoa or tea, reading catalogs, circling varieties, and making plans. So, as your mailbox or inbox fills up this winter, be sure to have information from the following local seed companies in hand, too.

Osborne Seed Co: Now in their 34th year of growing and testing seeds, the Mount-Vernon based company offers a large assortment of vegetables, herbs and flowers for larger growers and backyard gardeners. Their catalog is available in online in PDF format at osborneseed.com or in print by calling (360) 424-SEED (7333).

Uprising Seeds: The first certified organic seed company in Washington State, Bellingham-based Uprising Seeds works with more than 20 farms in the greater Northwest (each variety includes a symbol indicating the grower). Their catalog is available online in PDF format at uprisingorganics.com, or in print by calling (360) 778-3749 or requesting online.

Uprising Seeds' 2016 cover.

Uprising Seeds’ 2016 cover.

Resilient Seeds: Owner Krista Rome announced she has changed her company name, Backyard Beans and Grains (started in 2008), to Resilient Seeds, to reflect the expanded vision. The catalog of seed offerings for 2016, including beans, grains, corn, vegetables and more, is available online at www.backyardbeansandgrains.com. Ask her about potatoes, too! For more information, see the website or call (360) 224-4757.

Deep Harvest Farm & Seeds: Their 2016 list has not been released, but stay tuned. All seed is grown on Whidbey Island with the majority grown by Deep Harvest Farm, and certified organic. Last season, 40 varieties were available at a few retail outlets and other locations. For more information, see their website at deepharvestfarm.com or contact deepharvest@gmail.com.

Want to learn more about seeds or trade at a local swap? Here are a few more ideas.

Head to the 8th Annual Heirloom Seed Swap on Sunday, Jan. 31 at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest Street in Bellingham. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 6 p.m.

A seed and food swap hosted by Chuckanut Transition takes place Friday, Feb. 5 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane in Burlington. All are welcome to bring preserved or fresh home-grown and/or home-processed food, seed, and other handmade items to swap. A potluck will follow.

The Chuckanut Center (formerly known as the Center for Local Self Reliance) has been working on an Heirloom Tomato Project and have tomato seeds available. Call (360) 671-3380 or visit http://www.caretakershouse.org/.


Published in the January 2016 issue of Grow Northwest

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