Progressive Seed Companies
FEDCO is a cooperative and a member of the Open Source Seed Initiative. Johnny's is an employee-owned company and provides high quality seeds for serious growers. High Mowing provides exclusively certified Organic seeds. Seed Savers is a non profit organization whose mission is "to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations...". All four have non-GMO pledges.
I save some seeds myself here on the farm. Tomatoes are an especially easy place to start, if you'd like to save your own seeds. It's an empowering process to learn how and to grow your own seeds, and you take part in an ancient ritual that has kept us alive for thousands of years. Seeds don't have to come from far-away companies!
Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance
Ridge & Hollow is Community Food Initiatives' regional seed company. Based in Athens, Ohio, these Seed Savers are securing regionally adapted, open-pollinated seeds for our own bioregion.
Biodegradable pots are a no-brainer. When I worked at other nurseries, the worst job was always sorting and sanitizing plastic detritus in the winter. Plus, plastic pots are made from petroleum and awfully difficult to recycle. When there are options that provide you with stronger plants and even built-in natural fertilizer, why would you not use biodegradable pots?!
How To Plant Your Biodegradable Pot
Plants grown in biodegradable pots are meant to be planted in their pot. Their roots have grown into and through the pot, so removing them from the pot could actually cause damage and transplant shock. No need to break up the pot – The roots are just waiting on contact with soil to grow further.
Used successfully, the biodegradable pots should prevent transplant shock - the phase in which a plant is unhappy after going in the ground and having its roots disturbed.
When you get ready to plant, water the plants well, so that the pots are moist. Make sure that you bury the pot completely, covering its rim with soil. If the pot’s rim remains above ground, it can act as a wick, drawing moisture out of the pot and away from the roots, endangering the plant. If you need to tear some of the rim away, go right ahead.
Read more about CowPots - made in Connecticut from cow manure!