10 Heirloom Seed Companies Pioneering a Revival

Territorial Seed Company

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Territorial Seeds Garlic photo

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As someone with heirloom garlic from Territorial Seed Company growing in my backyard right now, I am a lazivore with a soft spot for this privately owned company. Started in 1979 by Steve Solomon, Territorial Seed began by selling seed-production crops that were grown in isolation in neighbors' backyards, including an open-pollinated Brussels sprout, an heirloom cranberry bean, and Lorane fava bean cover-crop seed. The business grew rapidly and was sold to its current owners, Tom and Julie Johns, in 1985. In addition to heirloom seed varieties, Territorial also sells certified-organic seeds, conventional seeds, plants, and garden supplies. Trying to lay out next year's garden plan? Try out Territorial's useful garden planning software for free.