Kind words from our loyal customers
Hello, My wife and I home school our 3 kids. We live in central Alabama. I am a financial consultant mostly for small biz owners and lecture a biz course at Auburn University CVM. Almost zero farm experience. As a business consultant, you already have excellent skills keeping records and analyzing information. That will really help you learn food growing skills. My family is going to start an Aquaponics setup in June. I've done quite a bit of research on it and I believe that is is revolutionary.
MY QUESTIONS TO YOU:1) Are you familiar with aquaponics?/do you have an opinion? 2) is it possible to learn how to harvest seeds from my own garden? 3) if I am of the opinion that I will need an alternative way to feed my family in the future...how might I go about saving seeds-not knowing if the future; is 3 years from now..or 12 years..? 4) If I have a vacuum sealer for mason jars..would it be prudent to keep seeds in envelopes..in vacuum sealed mason jar..In the freezer? I thank you in advance for your help!
Seed for Security response:
I have no experience with aquaponics. I would think you will be depending on nutrients in water which need to be pumped or circulated by valves at certain intervals. The solution will have to be monitored to keep it ideal for the crops. So that will require quite a bit of plumbing and probably power to operate. I am sure there are many advantages. especially for expensive crops. It may allow you to grow and harvest year round. Most of a food garden would normally be grains like corn and dry beans which can be eaten together for complete protein. Once fully mature and dry, they keep well for years without canning or freezing. Open pollinated seeds, like the ones we sell,can be saved and planting them will give you crops like the ones you saved seeds from. That is not true for Hybrid seeds of any kind, including Genetically Modified ones. Nan has recently added a free 4 page Seed Saving Guide with the order of Our Super Survival Pack
I would recommend you start this year with a manageable size garden, and begin to save your own seeds. As you gain experience,increase the size of your garden until it is as large as you need. If you plan to stay where you are now, I would also plant berry bushes and fruit trees.
Vacuum sealers are excellent for food, but are not good for storing seeds. On our web site there are a number of articles with seed storing information, this this one:
Why Store Seeds in a Vapor Proof Pouch?
Thank you Ethan for taking the time to e-mail and ask questions. We love to equip people to grow their own food. Unfortunately you did not include your e-mail address when asking these questions so we could not answer you directly.
We want to store some seeds long term for emergencies. I have a freezer with plenty of room and can nitrogen pack and seal in mylar with desiccant. However,I know nothing about seeds or gardening. The biggest question is what would you recommend for growing in this area? (Note-This customer is from Georgia). Then what mix of seeds for a healthy diet? I am more interested in fewer varieties that are high yield, robust, and nutritious, as opposed to a large variety that would require more space,learning curve and effort. We would intend to feed a couple of large families from the garden. We have plenty of available land, water, natural fertilizers,labor and tools. One concern is that the seeds can be packed in small enough packets to be usable or able to be traded easily. We would retain seeds from the produce, of course. The budget to start would be 2-300 dollars. Over time, we could add variety.
Seed for Security response:
Thank you for your e-mail. You are wise to grow a garden and learn to save seeds. Our seeds should grow well in Georgia. We have many customers from Georgia. Peas, dill and spinach like a cool climate to start therefore I would plant these in the coolest part of your season.The other seeds that we offer do well in a very warm climate. We put a lot of effort into selecting which varieties of seeds to sell. First we sell only open-pollinated, non GMO seeds. Second we want nutritious, tasty, reliable products. For example dry beans and flint corn will give much needed protein in a survival situation. We sell seeds in individual paper envelope. All of our seeds are hand packed and the smallest varieties are place in a glassine before placing in a seed envelope. Detailed planting instructions are printed on each envelope and there is a seed planting guide included with every order. We also offer 4 collections, Our Garden Security Collection, Our Bean Collection,and Our Spring Collection. We have a Garden Variety Collection as well, but that is available only with the Super Survival Pack. All of the varieties of seed in these collections are in paper envelopes that are placed in a vapor proof pouch with a desiccant and heat sealed. We offer 2 types of grain- Winter Rye, and Hulless Oats.These grains are placed in a vapor proof pouch with a desiccant and are sold in a 1 pint measure.I do recommend freezing for the longest term storage. However if your power is out for more than a day remove your seeds from the freezer and do no open the pouches, plastic or glass container.Let the seeds come to room temperature. When the power comes back on put them back in the freezer. We offer a Super Survival Pack which includes all 4 collections and both grains. This pack has 18 heirloom varieties and is approx. 4 pounds of seed. The Super Survival Pack will give you an excellent selection of reliable, nutritious, easy to grow vegetables. None of these varieties will cross-pollinate enabling you to save seeds from year to year.The price for each Super Survival Pack is $75.00 with $10.00 for shipping.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Seed for Security
Interesting article about Flint Corn. How come you don't sell it?
Seed for Security response:
The Indian Corn that we sell is a Flint Corn.
It is available in an individual packet of 300 seeds and is included in our Garden Security Collection also 300 seeds. This is a meal corn that makes an excellent corn bread and corn muffins.
Just want to tell you that I think you are amazing!
For two years I have been casually looking at seed packets to have on hand just in case the crash comes! I can't really say I think the economy is improving much - certainly not in the town in which I live. All the products I viewed left me in doubt, mostly because I knew little about non-hybrid seed.
I have never found the kind of information you give! I think your product fits the need for me. I will be ordering soon.
I have looked at several sites and can say in all honesty; I am confused! Regarding your Super Survival Pack ID-SFS-coo5 for $75.00. How long will the product store? Does one need to put the product in a glass container before storing in the ref.? My understanding is corn can only be stored for 2 years. Since there is corn in the Survival Pack does that mean the pack is only good for 2 years? Sorry for your trouble and thank you in advance for your time.
Seed For Security response:
The seeds we have selected to put in all our collections have average shelf lives at room temperature of at least 5-7 years. Once properly dried and sealed with a desiccant in a water proof pouch as we do, they are protected from moist air and will last years longer. They are also ready for refrigerator or freezer storage keeping them much longer still.
We do not sell onion seeds, parsnip or carrot seeds or seeds or any other crop whose seeds are only good for a year or two.
Sweet corn seeds do not last anywhere near as long as dry corn for grinding. Perhaps someone was thinking of sweet corn? In fact, I have seen warnings not to plant hybrid sweet corn seeds which are more than two years old. Our Flint Corn seeds keeps for many years at room temperature. We do not sell hybrid of any kind.
We have been growing and conducting germination tests annually on our seeds for many many years so we know what keeps and what does not.Instead of asking our readers to take our word for it, we refer them to the International Seed Saving Institute and Suzanne Ashworth's excellent book 'Seed to Seed'. Links to the ISSI have been on our website for years and we recommended that book for years also.
Also regarding corn, look here- http://www.seedforsecurity.com/article.php?articleid=100
I hope I have answered all of your questions. Saving and storing seeds has a lot more to it than most people expect. Please e-mail me again if anything is not clear.
Answer from Dennis-
I truly want to thank you for your reply. I will be ordering today. Again thanks.
What a life you must live. Visiting you're website for the first time brings back memories of long ago. All the pictures,the land,the equipment...wow! Seems like you folks have a lot of love and dedication in what you do.
Soon we will be moving back to the eastern part of our state and once settled I will be placing a large order.
Thanks for the pics. I am jealous of the life you have!
What a wonderful site; we appreciate all of the care and forethought you obviously put into your products.
Just wanted to say thank you for the excellent customer service. You addressed a minor problem with my order quickly. I really appreciate it!
I just found your site and wanted to say you have a great site.Thank you for sharing.
I like your style: I'll be buying your seeds because you make sense, not just glitz. I did check the other sites after reading what you said about shelf life of smaller seeds, carrots, etc.not being a viable choice for long term, and sure enough, they had them in their kits. So I will get yours and put them in my freezer. I will buy seeds with short shelf lives year by year at the store.
I recently won a contest of the Orange Jeep Dad Blog and the prize was a huge pack of your seeds. They arrived today, beautifully and carefully packed with a sweet note from Nan. Thank you so very much! I am in joyful anticipation of planting for my Fall garden and next Springs garden. It is gratifying to receive a package packed with evident care and pride in these times. The personal touch of the note along with the extra mylar bags and instructions for seed saving are greatly appreciated.
Thank you again,
I'm blogging about the terrific results we're getting from your seeds at OrangeJeepDad.blogspot.com. If you'd like to put an ad box on my blog, I'll list it for free just to say thanks.
Just wanted to say that I've gotten acquainted with your website because a friend on Facebook shared its URL in a post, and I in turn have done the same. VERY useful information, great pictures, and I know I'll be coming back often.
I am so pleased to have found your site. Wonderful information. Thank you!
I want to grow as much of my families food this year as possible as well as start saving my own seed. I loved the information from your site and want to return the favor by ordering your seeds.
Our current crop from our last year's seed order with you is growing fine, and I anticipate trying to save some seed this Fall. I'm trying to encourage folks I speak to about gardening to order from you, and hope for their sake they do so. In today's 'Internet/faceless' commerce society, it's a PLEASURE to do business with HONEST Country folks!
I truly mean this and encourage you to use this e-mail on your web-site with my blessing.
This is a very informative website with wonderful links. I am glad I found your site.
Thank you for taking the time to make all this information available to the world. I'm a computer person who is working overtime to prepare for the coming grief. Since growing things is not my field, it helps immensely to have detailed instructions by people actually doing the work.
I have never grown a garden, but the time is fast approaching where it will need to be part of my day. Reading doesn't make someone an expert, but having the knowledge available is much better than standing in front of an open field with packets of seeds, wondering "Now what?"
The seeds and knowledge you provide will be a lifesaving resource in the times ahead. If my family is able to eat and be healthy by using your seeds and techniques, you will have saved lives as surely as any doctor or firefighter. You have my utmost gratitude for supplying what are literally the seeds of life.
WoW! I am amazed at this site. I have a much smaller area to garden, but all your principles and designs are spot on. I love your simple way of gardening. It looks effective.
I just wanted to comment on your site and I hope you can add even more soon.