About Us

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About Us

Nature & Nurture Seeds provides high-quality, heirloom, organic/sustainable & non-GMO seeds for diverse farms and gardens. We offer a wide variety of vegetable, herb, flower, and native plant seeds. Rooted in the Great Lakes region, we specialize in seeds for short seasons that are adapted to growing in the north and Midwest.

We are nurturing a vibrant community that tends the Earth, enriches lives, and believes in healthy food for all. We honor the seeds passed down from our ancestors, seeds that nourish, connect, and inspire us.

Nature & Nurture Seeds is located near Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are a farm-based seed company offering heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Read more about our certified organic farm below.

Our Seeds Are...

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Heirloom & Open Pollinated

Seeds are humanity's collective heritage - we believe that they should not be owned or controlled by corporations. You won't find hybrid seeds in our catalog because the process of producing hybrid seeds gives big companies proprietary ownership of hybrid seeds. In contrast, anyone can save seeds from heirlooms, keeping the seeds in the hands of the people!

Certified Organic/Sustainably Grown

Organic means safe for kids! Many of our seeds are Certified Organic - certified that they were grown using only USDA-approved organic methods. Most of the rest of our seeds are sustainably grown - they were grown using organic methods, but due to the costs and time required for the certification process for small farmers, they are not certified organic. We offer a few seeds (some flowers, wildflowers, cauliflower) that are not grown with 100% certified organic methods because we cannot grow these seeds in our climate and our customers have requested that we carry these seeds.

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GMOs are created using the transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms. GMOs pose environmental risks as well as contribute to the corporate control of seeds. We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge and do not sell any GMO seeds!

Regionally Adapted

As a small seed farm located in southeast Michigan, we specialize in Midwest Adapted varieties. This means that our seeds are well-adapted to the Midwest climate - short, hot & humid summers, long winters, practically no spring and always gorgeous falls! Most of our varieties are widely adapted and can thrive in other regions too!

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Our Farm

Our Farm

We grow over 30% of our seeds on our 130 acre certified organic farm. (learn about our other growers here)

Gently rolling hills grace our farm, located on the outskirts of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our fields offer us zesty tomatoes, mouthwatering melons, and luscious peaches. Buzzing bees visit flowers that create abundant seeds. Oak woodlands burst with spring wildflowers, teem with blue spotted salamanders, and chime with bird song.

Our farm hosts inquisitive interns, stellar students, vivacious volunteers, and other fun learning adventures! Nature Learning Community gathers youngsters together for the study of nature and to renew their young hearts’ connection to the Earth. Our annual Harvest Festival brings our community together at the peak of the season to celebrate food, fun, and farming.

We are partnered with Open Source Seed Initiative

Find out what this means

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We have signed 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, sell or trade 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."

We Educate About

• Seed & food sovereignty & self-sufficiency

• Seed growing, saving, trialing, & breeding

• How to grow food under a range of space and size constraints (from urban and rural homesteading, community gardening, to container gardening and farm-scale food production)

• To provide seeds for permaculture, edible forest gardens and beyond

• Offer ideas & recipes to expand the growing, cooking, & eating of a wide variety of foods

• Season extension & food preservation

We sell Ark of Taste Seeds

The Ark of Taste was created by Slow Food to preserve unique & threatened foods. To help preserve these unique and threatened foods, Nature & Nurture Seeds offers over a dozen Ark of Taste seeds. By growing these seeds, we help keep them on our plates and safe from extinction...and we get to enjoy their incredible flavors!

For more info about Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste click here. To view Ark of Taste seeds, see products below, or click here.