|Preserving the future, one seed at a time™|
The fourth in the short series on seed companies I like is Victory Seeds, located near Liberal Oregon. (I’m a customer. That’s all.)
Victory Seeds is not unlike Botanical Interests in that the selection is very large (unlike New Hope Seed Company), although the focus at Victory Seeds is very different (more like New Hope). Here’s a snip from the “About Us” page:
Unlike most seed companies that purchase all of their seed stock and repackage, we actually do farm and what seed we don’t raise here, we obtain from a network of carefully selected growers.
And from the “Information” page:
We do rely on the sale of seeds to fund our work, but our primary mission is to protect seeds. One of our tools for doing this is through education and dissemination of information.
What I like about Victory Seeds
— Beans. There are 77 bean varieties! Everything from dry (bush & pole) to green (bush & pole) to lima to fava to butter. And beginning this year, soybean seeds– 17 varieties!
— Breadth of selection. Although there’s some redundancy in the list (corn is also listed as maize) there are about 52 different kinds of vegetable seeds, as well as flowers, herbs, and tobacco.
— Depth of selection. Many of the vegetable categories include two or more pages of different varieties. For example, there are two pages of corn/maize seeds– many of which I’d never heard of. Likewise for cucumbers.
— Herbs. Fine selection. Remember, these are all heirloom seeds!
— Packaging. Plastic within paper. I talked about why this is so important when I reviewed New Hope Seed Company.
— Packet information. The outside of the packet includes general information (seed spacing, etc.) and also information specific to the variety. This is useful.
— Kits & Collections. Including, but not limited to, the “Canned Victory Garden” which, if I’m reading between the lines correctly, they were reluctant to make available. Read about it here.
— Information. There’s tons of it on the website, including some very practical information on “Preparedness” or “Victory Gardens.” I especially liked the identification of “ISVs™” Important Survival Vegetables.
— Safe Seed Pledge signer. No genetically modified seeds, no chemical treatment of seeds
What you may not like about Victory Seeds
— If you are buying seeds only, the website should suit you just fine. If, however, you want to soak up some of the very useful and interesting information on the site… settle in. You may not but I find it rather cluttered. The exception to this is the “Information” page which is very well organized.
— Missing information? Despite the wealth of information on the site, I cannot find “the packet plants approx. one five foot row” stuff. The number of seeds per ounce/gram is at each individual seed’s page, but if you are a novice gardener who has no idea just how freakin’ many cucumbers you’ll get if you plant a gram of seeds (25-30)… well, happy pickling!