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Urban Farmer Seeds
Urban Farmer Seeds began in 2008 with just 10 varieties of vegetable seeds. An avid gardener and magazine reader, Noah (the owner) needed something to do with a closet full of magazines. After a few hours of cutting, he realized his magazines could be used to store his vegetable seeds. After a couple months and a large surplus of seeds, Noah began offering his recycled seed packets and vegetable seeds online. The combination of eco-friendly seed packets and high quality seeds quickly took off!
As demand increased, Urban Farmer Seeds expanded the business beyond his backyard, and began to contract with other regional farms to grow seed, in addition to continuing to produce seed himself from the Urban Farmer garden in Indianapolis, Indiana.
As we've grown, we have continually worked to produce, develop and sell only the highest quality organic and heirloom seeds on the market. We choose varieties known for their exceptional characteristics and grow well in normal gardening conditions. We have expanded the selection and availability of our seeds, we've reached out to other farmers, locally and across the country, to produce seed for us, and we've established partnerships with other seed companies that have made commitments to develop and produce high quality seed. We now carry over 1,500 seeds and opened a storefront location in Westfield, Indiana where customers can visit, shop, and pick up their orders. (106 N Union St., Westfield, IN. 46074)
We are committed to safeguarding your health and that of the planet. Organic, sustainable agriculture produces healthy soils, naturally rich and balanced in the nutrients plants need. That's why we offer a line of organically grown seeds from a network of certified organic family farms.
To be certified organic, one must prove and warrant the absence of any transgenic (i.e., the introduction of a gene or trait from one species into another unrelated species) germplasm in the source material and breeding program, as well the absence of any GMO material in the seed production, cleaning, storage, and shipment chain.
We do NOT and never will sell GMO seeds.
Our Heirloom Seeds
We believe in the preservation of heirloom and traditional seed varieties. Heirloom and traditional varieties have endured because of their time-tested value to generations of gardeners and farmers. Whether for their great taste, high nutrition, or vigorous growth, we are trying to preserve as many of these treasured varieties as possible. We offer both open-pollinated and hybrid seeds, all of which represent agro-biodiversity as well as value to the gardener, farmer, and consumer of the end food products..
At Urban Farmer, we want to preserve and develop seeds through organic and natural mating methods. We want to teach young and old the value of farming and the great benefits that come along with it. We believe in the value of a re-built food system that can naturally support the worlds population through health environments, healthy economies, healthy communities and healthy bodies. Everyday that we are in business, we are working to provide an essential component in the re-building of our healthy food system.
Safe Seed Pledge
For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do 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, to genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately to healthy people and communities.
Urban Farmer was founded on the use of recycling old magazines and using them to package our seeds. We recycle thousand of magazines each year to give them another use. Since then we have searched and offered eco-friendly products that have leave a smaller fingerprint on our eco-system. We try to work with companies close to our headquarters to reduce shipping distance thus reducing energy used. We try to use products that have been recycled or can be easily recycled after use. Everyday we take steps to become closer to our goal of being 100% sustainable.
Urban Farmer also offers a wide range of hydroponic supplies for gardeners. We carry hydroponic systems, lighting, grow media, nutrients, and more. Visit our hydroponic store at: www.ufhydroponics.com.