I've ordered products off and on from Territorial for 14 years--so the preceding review alleging it's connections with Monsanto was extremely disconcerting. Fortunately, I'm able to report that a minimal amount of investigation proved this allegation to be a lie.
"Territorial Seed Company is a privately held company, wholly owned by Tom and Julie Johns. Purchased in 1985 from its founder Steve Solomon, Tom and Julie have grown the business substantially over the past 24 years but have never strayed far from the original course set by Steve."
I needed some very rare seeds and was planning to send to Europe for them (and pay a lot for s/h). Found a huge variety of seeds, including the ones I was seeking. Ordered. Shipped quick. Generous quantity. Great germination. Will definately look there again!
One of my faves. I don't order much from them, as I usually need bulk amounts that it's easier to get elsewhere (like from Fedco), but they've got interesting varieties I can't find elsewhere -- rare carrots, squash, peppers, herbs, etc....
Fast service, they're usually one of the first to get me my order back after I send out my batch of mail seed orders.
These folks put on a conference in Port Townsend that had small seed farmers from all over the western states and British Columbia. I went as an interested backyard seed saver - wow - I knew their seeds were good, but their non-profit work is so inspiring. Learned a lot about genetics, seed cleaning and storing, and had a great seed swap. This year's favorite from them is "Olga's Yugaslavian" snap bean. I'm near the Canadian border and it's doing great in my cool cloudy climate.
Though the on-line ordering process was a bit awkward, I placed my order and recieved my seeds in about 2 weeks. I have been having a blast planting and raising them. Germination has been VERY good, hardy plants I have already in April in Tennessee.
They do lack info on their seed packets, but it is available on-line. The back of the seed packet says "Peace be with you"...what's more peaceful than a prosperous care free garden :)
My mistake was ordering sampler packets rather than full size seed packets, so I have planted to thinning spacing and it seems to be working OK...but next year I will order the full size packets.
Abundant Life is Wonderful! They have seeds noone else has, and, in my personal experience they germinate and grow excellently. I had purple peas from the fifteenth century, Capucjiner Monks, and they were Something to see, Everyone said so. Lois Monahan's Candy Wax Beans have already grown better than all my tried and true varieties, here in South Florida. I have picked them four times and they are loaded with blossoms. And delicious. After seventeen years of organic gardening, this company rates high on my list of favorites. They have seeds worth growing, that are great for the home garden, and I donate to them because they support biological diversity, and are non-profit.
On Dec 7, 2001, MikeD Liberal, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Abundant Life Seed Foundation is an organization dedicated to preserving heirloom varieties of seeds. They are a non-profit and worthy of support. I ordered several old varieties from them this past spring, all had good germination rates, and all were true to type.
On Dec 1, 2001, willowpolson Groveland, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I too have had outstanding experiences with Abundant Life. Their staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, their catalog features native plants and heirloom/OP varieties I can find nowhere else, and they do community programs on top of everything else. Highly recommended!
I ordered all my seed for my spring planting from Abundant Life and they ROCK!!! Customer service is superb, with friendly and knowledgeable folk answering the phone, prices are excellent, delivery time is almost overnight, selection is HUGE and everything is open-pollinated so I can save my seeds. Much of their seed is grown organically or is sustainably farmed. I plan to donate seed back to them after I harvest. I don't work for this company, I just love them!
I was very happy with my order placed with abundant life, good quality seeds, prompt service, and it was exactly what I ordered - everything you wish for in a mail order company. Please give them a chance, our plant's genetic diversity are being lost when we choose to grow hybrids in favor of open-pollinated seeds! You get a nice size packet of seeds for a fair price and do your part in keeping the heirlooms alive. I am a seasonal nursery grower; I have a greenhouse business called The Pansy Patch. Some of my highest demanded seedlings were grown by seed from the Abundant Life Company, and the next generations that grew from original seed was true to color.
Fantastic outfit dedicated to collection and dissemination of wild-harvested seeds from a membership group. Seeds are reasonably priced, service is good. The profits from their efforts fund several projects to help keep alive threatened species through direct intervention by a network of concerned gardeners.