Livingseeds

Livingseeds Heirloom Seeds have truly stood the test of all time. Naturally pure as our Creator intended nature to be. Not tampered with. Non-GMO.

Growing veggies started in 1997 when we had our first child and naturally we wanted to feed her only healthy, natural food. Our gardening interests changed to food gardening specifically to meet this goal. That was really the beginning of concentrating on collecting veggie seed specifically. From there it started with just a few varieties, and every season I would slowly swap and trade seed with other food gardeners who had also been saving seed for many years. These gardeners would share knowledge and techniques with me, both in gardening and in seed saving, techniques that I still use to this day to help keep seed pure and viable from year to year.

The idea for an online website was purely an accident (We believe a God ordained accident). Steve Venter from www.texo.co.za got in touch with me and was asking for some heirloom seeds. Up to that point I had been collecting and sharing with like-minded gardeners, basically by word of mouth. Steve and I hit it off from word go, and I offered to supply Steve heirloom vegetable seed at no charge, for a new venture of his. Being the person he is, he insisted on payment. So, In true barter style, his payment was as follows.

Due to Steve, we had the honour of being South Africa’s first online heirloom vegetable seed store. Today we are the largest in terms of variety offered, and unique in the fact that we personally grow over 90% of the varieties sold, on our own property. It’s notable that very few seed companies in the world can claim this destinction. There is a careful balancing act in terms of planning, sowing, and harvesting schedules. There are also various isolation techniques that need to be followed, to ensure that  the next generation of seed is pure. I would probably still be stuck in a job that I was clearly not enjoying if it was not for Steve and his generosity.

Livingseeds started off in 2009 with only 34 varieties on our website (but we had only 17 in stock), we now list over 400 varieties! We grow well over 600 varieties on our own property every year. Many of the varieties we receive are given to us as 1 or 2 seeds and we need to grow-out the varieties over a number of years. Occasionally we get given seed that has not been properly isolated. It takes us 4-6 years to ‘clean-up’ the variety and bring it back to its original glory. Only then can we offer these varieties to you to enjoy and hopefully share with your family and friends.

Livingseeds also has a small, specialised network of dedicated growers that share our love of heirloom and open pollinated vegetable seed. This unique network assists us in increasing our seed production of varieties that we are unable to grow out on our own property.

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