Southern Exposure artist on art, life, & heirloom veg

catalog cover southern exposure 2012Artist Jessie Doyle, creator of the gnomes, toads, birds and bugs of Southern Exposure’s catalog covers for the last three years, has started her own artist’s blog – Jessie’s Art. We love reading about the techniques she uses in her gorgeous botanical illustrations and what she’s learning about these crops!

A few of our favorite new illustrations by Jessie are shown below, and to the right is a sneak peak at a detail from next year’s catalog cover!

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Champion Collards

Jimmy Nardello’s Italian Sweet Pepper

Sweet Chocolate Bell Pepper

Abraham Lincoln Tomato

Doe Hill Golden Bell Pepper

SESE Named in the Top 15 Vegetable Seed Companies
by Mother Earth News

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was voted amongst the top 15 vegetable seed companies in the Mother Earth News 2011 Seed Company Survey, with input from hundreds of gardeners. We came in 8th out of more than 100 companies! Here’s what the Mother Earth News article has to say about us:

“Loco for Local Seeds”

“Most gardeners send at least one seed order to a local or regional company, and this practice offers certain benefits. For instance, locally grown seed is more likely to be suited to your climate. In the upper and mid-South, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange has a strong following. “I go here first,” said a Mid-Atlantic gardener. “Southern Exposure provides mostly locally grown seed, heritage and open-pollinated varieties, excellent service and decent prices.” Known for offering unique items, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was called “a small company with a big heart” by a longtime organic farmer.”

SESE Named Sustainable Institution of the Year by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was named Sustainable Institution of the Year by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) 2012 CFSA Sustainable Ag Awards at the 26th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC.

We are so proud to have been honored along with the farmers, activists and extension agents who "have made outstanding contributions to the sustainable food movement in North and South Carolina and have helped make the Carolinas one of the fastest growing sustainable agricultural sectors in the country."

Read about this year’s other award recipients >>