The Safe Seed Pledge
We fully recognize and support the importance of a biologically diverse seed supply and have re-affirmed Underwood Garden’s initial commitment to 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 or sell 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.”
Heirloom seeds and vegetables are being re-discovered as container, raised bed, and backyard gardens are being planted more than ever. Flavor, growing your own food and knowing where your food comes from are the biggest reasons for the growth of these gardens, farmer’s markets and CSA’s.
The largest agricultural segment growth has come from these local markets. People want really good tasting food and they want to know where it was grown! Just by being here, you are on the leading edge of this groundswell toward better food and health. Planting your own garden, small or not is a huge step towards better food, taste and nutrition for you and your family. A lot of food can be grown in small spaces, and sharing the extra is a guaranteed way to build relationships with the community in which you live.
We are a family owned and operated business focused on providing the highest quality seed, the best personal service, and making a positive impact in the community. We have a network of growers that are passionate about the seeds they grow for us. They are even more demanding about the quality than we are! We partner with growers that understand the importance of genetic purity, identifying and correcting genetic drift and continuing to select for the best possible qualities in the plants that have made them heirlooms to begin with.