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Highest quality, locally and widely adapted organic heirloom seeds. Seed saving education, sustainable food and healthy communities.
318 backers pledged $17,056 to help bring this project to life.

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Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.

-Michael Pollan

Who We Are

The Living Seed Company is a young family owned and operated heirloom seed company based in GMO-Free Marin county in Point Reyes Station, CA.  Founded by Astrid and Matthew Hoffman.

Our seeds are open pollinated, non-GMO, untreated, organic or grown on small natural farms.  

We have been in business for four years providing the highest quality organic and heirloom seeds grown by us and a network of farmers in California and the United States.  We have received an enthusiastic response from our customers and our community both near and far, attesting to the quality of our seeds and our service.  We are ready to step into greater exposure in the San Francisco Bay Area, West Coast and nationally.  

Our Mission

The Living Seed Company is dedicated to happy families, friends and communities growing great food and saving and sharing the seeds from their gardens.  We believe that the process of growing food together and saving seeds is one of the best ways to achieve inner harmony and global prosperity.

The Living Seed Company is working to preserve genetic diversity in our food chain, through the distribution and growing of open pollinated seeds and preserving the ancient art of seed saving.

Our Needs

Our wholesale vendors, which includes garden centers, hardware stores and specialty stores, have requested we add images of the varieties to our wonderful information filled packets.  We have taken most of the photographs and are currently reformatting the packets to incorporate them.   A major cost involved in this is the printing of new packets and labor to reformat. 

We also need to update our website to make it more search engine optimized (SEO) and e-commerce friendly.  We have received a lot of comments on how beautiful and clean our website design is and we want to keep the same look with more user friendly features, for both the customer and us.  There are a lot of new plugins available that will help us save time and money by providing; invoicing, shipping labels, tracking, inventory and analytics. 

We also need to update one of our computers to ensure seamless interaction with the new site. Another item needed is a machine to print "packed for date" and "lot number" which we are currently doing by hand and is a very time consuming.

Another very lengthy process in the company is seed cleaning.  With the help of a couple seed cleaning machines we can spend a lot more time growing seeds and our customer base.

     We look forward to growing with you!

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

-  Henry David Thoreau

REWARDS

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Risks and challenges

One major challenge we are facing is the turn around time of printing and then packing of the packets to get them to market. Because much of the photography was done this fall harvest we have a small time frame in which to get it all to market. We will be hiring a team of seed packers to ensure the packets are on the shelves and ready to ship as soon as possible.

Another challenge/risk is getting our new website to have the same feel as the old. We will have numerous experts working with and consulting us on how to ensure optimal design while providing top of the line ease of use and functionality.

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    2 non-GMO, certified organic, heirloom seed packets! Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    A collection of recipes from the kitchen of The Living Seed Company. Sent as a PDF with beautiful photos!

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    Choose up to 8 non-GMO, certified organic, heirloom seed packets! Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    Choose up to 17 non-GMO, certified organic, heirloom seed packets! Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    Choose up to 25 non-GMO, certified organic vegetable, heirloom seed packets! Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    Farm tour with local organic lunch! Come visit our farm and trial gardens in Point Reyes Station and share in the fresh, local bounty.

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    Seed to table dinner. Come delight in culinary art with the The Living Seed Company in Point Reyes Station. Multiple dates available.

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    2 years of seeds! Select 22 packets per year. Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    3 years of seeds! Select 22 packs per year. Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    Attend Seed Day! A day long immersion into the history and current state of seeds. Learn how to save seed, including hands on experience. Visit our seed farm and trial gardens. Organic lunch included. Multiple dates available.

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    Receive a garden consultation! Can be done in person in the SF Bay Area or by Skype anywhere else.

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    Six year supply of seeds! Choose 22 packets per year. Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    12 year supply of seeds! Select 22 packets per year. Or seeds can be donated to our Giving Seed Program.

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    A private Seed to Table dinner party, in your home, for up to 10 guests. (SF Bay Area only unless travel and expenses are covered).

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    Get our top secret breeding project named after you or a loved one when it is ready for market!

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