It takes many farms to grow a collection of seeds like what we offer. We’re proud to work with a network of over 60 small farmers in various parts of the US who grow seeds for us. We hope to continue to expand this network. We’re always happy to talk to farmers who want diversify their income streams and grow seeds. Preserving unusual heirloom varieties helps us to preserve and promote that other endangered breed - the American small farm.
A large percentage of the varieties we offer are grown by us or our growers. In contrast, the vast majority of the seeds on the market are produced by huge wholesale companies. Despite working with many growers who come to us with little experience saving seed, we find that the seed we buy from them at the end of the season is more reliably true-to-type than the seed we buy wholesale. We’re always happy to talk to farmers who are interested in diversifying their income streams by growing seeds for us.
Many of the farmers we work with are certified organic, so their crops receive the “OG” symbol in our catalog and on our website. Others, while ecologically oriented, find that organic certification isn’t worth it for their farms and gardens; these crops have received the “e” symbol until December 2017 in our catalog and on our website. For 2018, we've decided to indicate all the seed grown on farms on our grower network with a new "S" symbol.
Click the links below for profiles of several of the farms that grow seed for Southern Exposure.
Louisa County, Virginia
Other parts of Virginia
Other States in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
Around the US