Quality Promise

"Saving the past for the future"

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange started in 1982, and has been growing ever since. In 1999, we moved to a small collectively owned farm in Mineral, Virginia where we expanded our seed production, cultivation, and preservation facilities. This year, we have adopted many more heirlooms and added new varieties to our nationally known heirloom seed collection. Our seed varieties have been regularly featured in Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, and PBS's "The Victory Garden" TV program. The success of our efforts is due to your confidence in us, plus some unique features of our seed company:

  • Our seed varieties are produced by natural methods. We do not and never will offer genetically engineered varieties. 99% of our varieties are open-pollinated.
  • Much of our seed is organically grown. All our seed is free of chemical treatment, and safe for children and the Earth. Our seed production methods emphasize the importance of a living healthy soil and respect for the interdependent web of life that sustains us all.
  • We grow at least 40% of our own seed - one of the highest percentages in the mail-order seed trade. We monitor and control the quality of our products from the source. Our seed growers are carefully screened before raising seed to our exacting specifications. Once the seed is harvested, it is stored under controlled climate conditions.
  • In our variety trials we look for valuable qualities such as flavor, color, disease-resistance, or adaptability for specific conditions or regions. Then we meticulously research the history of each variety and document performance under our growing conditions.
  • Germination test are performed in our own facility and we print the results on the packet so that you know what you are getting. We don't leave germination to the imagination, and our standards meet or exceed Federal Standards.
  • Quality customer service is important here. The priceless ingredient in every packet is the honor, integrity, and service of the staff at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Every time seeds are placed into a packet, we envision plants succeeding in your garden.

OUR GUARANTEE: We guarantee that you will be 100% satisfied with our seeds, nursery stock, and accessories, or we will replace the unsatisfactory item or refund the purchase price according to your choice. See our catalog for details.

Here's to your gardening success!