About Our Seeds

Organic gardening is easier and more abundant for gardeners in short seasons with Fruition’s organic, regionally adapted seed.


Sowing our seed means more abundance for you and for future generations, as well.


Why organic?


If you want to grow more with less, sow organic seeds. Organic seeds come from organic plants and just as your health is linked to the health of your parents, organic seed are more likely to have these traits, compared to their conventional cousins:


-grow extensive root systems (rather than be fed chemical, soluble nutrients like MiracleGro, as they are in conventional systems)

-compete with weeds (rather than be sprayed by Round Up)

-have robust immune systems to fight insects & disease (rather than be sprayed with conventional chemicals for such things)


Also, because they are not food crops, conventional seed crops are sprayed much more (and often with much harsher chemicals) than crops that are directly consumed by people.


Why regionally adapted?


The oaks that grow in the Northeast are very different from the oaks growing in California.


Each seed adapts to its particular environment.


Most seeds are adapted to thrive in California, where much of our nation’s produce is grown. (Industrial food systems serve industry/business as usual, rather than regional markets.) Fruition Seeds’ focus is on flavor as well as:


-early maturity (check out August Ambrosia, our super early watermelon)

-cold hardiness (check out Red Russian, our kale that overwinters uncovered)

-disease resistance (check out Chiapas, our tomato that is resistant to Late & Early Blight, or Spacemaster 80, our cucumber that resists Powdery Mildew.)


If you prefer lettuce from your garden to lettuce shipped in 2,000 miles away, we’re excited for you to experience regionally adapted seed in your garden.


Heirloom Restoration


Heirlooms are history.  And history didn’t just happen, it’s happening. Constantly. (Yes, you’re making history right now.)  


Imagine: Giant Sequoias have been evolving for countless generations, a living conversation between a plant and its environment.


Our heirloom varieties are similar: they’ve often existed for untold generations, in a particular place and culture, and they will only remain heirlooms so long as they adapt to our ever-changing world, ourselves included. For the last 10,000 years humans have been domesticating wild plants and developing ever new varieties of vegetables.


In this spirit, we celebrate the flavors of heirlooms as we improve their productivity (hastening maturity dates, increasing disease resistance) to keep them relevant as our world evolves. For example, we select our Rossa di Milano (link) onions to have fewer centers & store over our long winters. Our Northern Hardy Valencia peanut (link) started out as a classic peanut which would grow but not produce abundance in our short seasons. A dedicated seed saver in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan persisted in saving its seed season after season --- but only the most productive shells from the most productive plants. Over 20 years later, our variety is the only variety we have ever found that produced reasonably in the Northeast. Sibley squash (link), introduced in Rochester in 1888, is outrageously delicious but could be more productive. So we are selecting each generation to be earlier maturing and mature more fruit per plant.


Heirlooms are gifts, the legacy and genius of our ancestors.  It is our responsibility to care for them, sharing their cultural and agricultural abundance, for all people and generations to come.


Thank You!


For knowing seeds are not as small as they seem. May our seeds surround you with beauty and abundance!  


Gratefully,


Petra

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