SeedGeeks was started in the backyard of urban homesteaders, Marc and Angela Adler. It has grown from our desire to live more sustainably, reconnect with our food sources, and help others to do the same. We strive to educate on the benefit and necessary preservation of heirloom variety seeds, seed saving, and organic gardening.
Our urban homestead serves as a trial and demonstration garden for the many varieties of seeds we offer as well as a successful, working model for sustainable agriculture in an urban area. Along with the heirloom gardens, our urban farm is home to honeybee hives that have ample forage of flowers and backyard chickens that have free-range over the yard and provide help with pest control & composting. We strive to make use of all the abundance that our homestead brings by sharing with friends & family, canning & preserving, and using much of what we produce in our products including our lip balms, soap, and raw honey.
We are passionate about all aspects of sustainable living, but the harvest begins and ends with a reliance on heirloom open-pollinated seeds. Each seed tells a story, not just of our history, but also of our future. According to the FAO, since the 1900s, 75% of the world’s edible plant genetic diversity has been irreversibly lost. In the U.S., this figure is a staggering 95%. Once a seed variety is lost, it is lost forever. By growing and offering only open-pollinated seeds that can be saved and shared by home gardeners and farmers alike, we aim to help keep these stories alive for many generations to come.
SeedGeeks to Build 50-Acre Heirloom Seed Farm in Warren County, by Sarah Kloepple, 10/10/16
St. Louis Magazine:
SeedGeeks Branches Out, by Joe Bonwich, October 10, 2016
40 South News:
Brentwood company buys 50 acres, by Doug Miner | October 4, 2016
SeedGeeks Offers a Plethora of Seeds in St. Louis, by Daniel Puma, Feb 26, 2016
The Brentwood Spirit:
Couple Launches Seed Biz from Back Yard, by Linda Briggs-Harty, 7/20/14
St. Louis At Home Magazine:
On the Fork: Geek Gardeners, by Christy Marshall, 5/25/14
40 South News:
Brentwood couple starts heirloom seed company, by Doug Miner, 3/12/14
SeedGeeks are proud signers of 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 do not knowingly buy, sell or trade 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 healthy people and communities."
This pledge was signed by SeedGeeks & other companies that are concerned about this issue.
For more information on this project, contact:
The Safe Seed Initiative
C/O Council for Responsible Genetics
5 Upland Road, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02140