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🤩C.N.Smith Farm & Garden Center, E Bridgewater. Seeds and seedlings. Produce and eggs. Fun seasonal events! PYO!

🤩Crystal Lake Greenhouse, 2 locations: Plymouth and Carver. Better blooms for your bucks. 

🤩Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset. Watch for their beloved plant sales offering organic seedlings. 

🤩Morrison’s Home and Garden, Plymouth. Grow your own, incredible team of employees, Ask them anything, someone will have an answer.

🤩Packard Farm, Brockton. Over 100 years of experience. 

🤩Williams Trading Huge selection of beautiful seasonal plants. antiques too, to add a touch of uniqueness to your home and garden. Open Spring and Fall. 

Kennedys Country, Scituate
Devine Feed and Pet, Norwell Sheriff’s Dept. Horticulture program Fact sheets, community gardens and more.  Mass. Horticultural Society.

More  Resources Experimental market garden operated by Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch in Maine. Baker Creek heirloom seeds.  Find your hardiness zone

Seed Resources

edible Tip: Check your local library for seeds. Yes, your library! Many have a Seed Library where you can ‘borrow’ seeds for no charge, grow the plant, then harvest extra seeds to contribute back to the library. How awesome is that? See the list below.

Fedco Seed Company is located in Maine and is known for sourcing cold-hardy selections for the demanding northeast climate. They offer organic and heirloom varieties and buy products from all over the world. Each year they observe hundreds of varieties and then choose the best to offer in their catalog. Fedco is a cooperative; consumers own 60% of the company and 40% is owned by workers/members.

High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont began in 1996 with just 28 varieties. By 2001 they began contracting for other local farms to grow seed in addition to their 5 acres. They now have over 600 varieties of heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds. Many of the seeds they sell are still grown on their forty-acre farm.

Johnny’s Seed Company is located in Maine. Employees own 66% with 100% employee ownership expected by 2015. They bred and sell organic, and non-organic seeds, Johnny’s exclusives, and plants such as asparagus starts. They have a great selection of tools for home and market gardeners and their website has many great interactive tools, such as a seed calculator, grower’s library, and hardiness zone maps, and more. They do not carry any GMO seeds and have taken the safe seed pledge.

Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm is located 6 miles north of Decorah Iowa. The farm has preservation gardens, a historic orchard, and an ancient white cattle park. This is a non-profit seed catalog that is member supported that saves and shares heirloom seeds from their heritage garden. Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 b Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy when Diane’s terminally ill grandfather gave them seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory and German Pink Tomato. Grandpa Ott’s parents had brought these seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870s. The heritage farm is 890 acres and maintains many thousands of heirloom varieties, most brought to America by members’ ancestors who emigrated from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other parts of the world. Visitors are welcome at the farm from March 1st through December 23rd.

West Coast Seeds was founded in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their purpose is to source and supply seeds of a higher quality than have been available to home gardeners. Following the traditions of organic farming and gardening, untreated and certified organic seeds are their focus. They offer over 1,000 varieties of untreated, non-GMO, non-GEO, open-pollinated, and hybrid seeds as well as a wide range of quality gardening supplies. West Coast Seeds is certified by the Pacific Agriculture Certification Society (Certification number 16-205). In addition to purchasing seeds, West Coast Seeds’ website offers visitors a large database of resources on growing and seed saving. West Coast Seeds

Books in Old Colony Library Network: updated 2020  

Books for Adults

Crops in Tight Spots : Grow Amazing Fruit and Vegetables Wherever you Live by Alex Mitchell, 2019

Starting & Saving Seeds : Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Flowers for Your Garden, by Adolf Thompson, 2018

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening : A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving, and Cultural History by William Weaver, 2018

Grow Great Vegetables in Massachusetts, by Marie Iannotti, 2019

Vegetable Gardening Wisdom : Daily Advice and Inspiration for Getting the Most from Your Garden  by Kelly Trimble Smith, 2019

The Flower-Powered Garden : Supercharge Your Borders and Containers with Bold, Colourful Plant Combinations by Andy Vernon, 2018

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan, 2009

The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook : Perfectly Timed Gardening for your Most Bountiful Harvest Ever Ron Kujawski, 2011

The New Southern Living Garden Book: The Ultimate Guide to Gardening by Steve Bender, 2015

Books for Kids

From Seed to Plant by Gail Biggons, 1993

How a Seed Grows by Helene Jamieson, 2015

Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants, by Bonnie Worth, 2001

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston, 2007

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay, 2018

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, 2015

SE Massachusetts Libraries with Seed Libraries

Attleboro Public Library

Duxbury Free Library

Kingston Public Library

Millicent Library, Fairhaven

Mattapoisett Free Library

Plymouth Public Library

Wareham Free Library

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