What began in a family garden and kitchen in 1983 has expanded into a network of farms and gardens, a modern germination testing facility and environmentally controlled seed storage. The first Southern Exposure Seed Exchange catalog offered 67 varieties; now we feature over 700, with an emphasis on heritage, flavor, disease resistance, and other qualities of interest to market and home gardeners. Though we specialize in seeds adapted to the Mid-Atlantic Region, we have loyal customers throughout the USA and Canada. Our seeds are all non-GMO and many are certified organic and certified naturally grown.
Southern Exposure helps preserve traditional heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb varieties by continuously seeking out new commercial introductions.. We promote seed saving and primarily sell open-pollinated (non-hybrid) varieties because we believe in the importance of traditional seed saving to preserving our local food networks. Committed seed savers and traditional breeders are to thank for the rich selection we offer, but future seed savers keep these varieties alive for coming generations. Seed savers can also help to breed new varieties suited to natural, organic growing methods and our changing world. We are proud to have stayed true to our mission: to ensure that people retain control of their food supply, that genetic resources are conserved and that gardeners have the option of saving their own seed. www.southernexposure.com
Our Non-GMO Policy: The Safe Seed Pledge
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners, and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we will not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately people and communities.
Buy Fresh Buy Local
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is a proud sponsor of the Piedmont Environmental Council’s Charlottesville Area Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide. The Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ market retailers, restaurants, and institutions. We urge you to support your local farmers and to grow your own food. To learn more visit: www.buylocalvirginia.org