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This thread is all about Adaptive Seeds, in Oregon USA.

From their website:

About Our Seeds

We steward rare, diverse and resilient seed varieties for ecologically-minded farmers, gardeners and seed savers. Our seed is adapted to the Pacific Northwest and other short season northern climates. We sell only public domain, open pollinated (OP) seed, as well as diverse gene pool mixes.

We guarantee that every seed lot we sell is regularly germination tested and has been found to exceed industry and federal germination standards.

NONE of our seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented, PVP, or genetically modified (GMO). All of our seed is grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, and none of it is treated.

We are a certified organic, farm based seed company near Sweet Home, Oregon. Most of the seed in our catalog is produced by us on our farm and we never buy and re-sell mass produced seed, like many other seed companies do. If we didn't grow it, we say who did at the bottom of each seed description.
We are here to provide you with excellent quality seed for your food production needs. We also hope to provide a quality foundation for your own local stewardship and seed saving, wherever your field or garden happens to be. For more info visit the About us page.

They ship most everywhere.


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I give this seed source 9.5 out of 10 acorns.

Not 10 only because no one is really perfect.

This is a local (in Oregon) small company, started by a very young couple about 10 years ago. They are very passionate about food and seed saving, and locally adapted seeds.

I'e been ordering seeds from them since their inception a decade ago. Always shipped when they said they would, and never had issues with germination, or growth. They used to have workshops on seed saving and farm tours, I am not sure if they still do.

For locals to the West Coast, I totally recommend them.
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I give this seed source 9 out of 10 acorns

I live in western Washington but can always get away with what does well in western Oregon. Adaptive seeds has an enormous variety of seeds, including some categories that are often harder to track down, like storage crops. They offer a lot of grains, cover crops, and edible flowers too, as well as other blooms that are good for pollinators. For me, they have a decent (but not out of this world) germination rate. In particular, there were some summer squash and amaranth seeds from them that didn't have as good of a germination rate as I would have wanted (the amaranth may have been my fault as I was/am still new to growing it).

They also have excellent customer service and are great at answering questions about their product and how to grow it.

I'll add that I appreciate the work they put in in gathering all of these genetics and testing them for the public. It makes my life immeasurably easier, that there are people and organizations who do that during a time when so much has been lost in that regard.
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I give this seed source 10 out of 10 acorns.

Adaptive has an incredible selection of varieties that nobody else carries, including imported varieties, landraces, and perennial vegetables. They work with permaculture breeders like Carol Deppe and Ianto Evans to promote really cool varieties with a focus on season extension and low-input growing. Their catalog is technically detailed and playful at the same time—well worth reading carefully.

Although I'm not remotely in their region, I ordered from them out of excitement at some of the varieties they had, and the seeds have performed well for me.
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