The Seed Farmer

A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Selling Your Own Seeds

Table of contents

Introduction: You Can Grow Seed on Your Own Farm

My Seed Story

Chapter 1: Getting Into a First Seed Crop Mindset
Chapter 2: Main Challenges for Market Gardeners to Keep Seeds
Chapter 3: Crop Profiles
Chapter 4: Handling Your Seeds
Chapter 5: How to Become a Seed Steward/Seed Keeper
Chapter 6: How To Sell Seeds
Chapter 7: Crop Planning for Seed Farmers

Conclusion: Go and Grow Some Seed

Save seeds, save money, and increase profit from your small-scale farm or market garden


Save seeds, save money, and increase profit from your small-scale farm or market garden

The Seed Farmer is required reading for any grower who cares about being part of a truly sustainable local food system.

Whether you’re interested in growing your own seeds for on-farm use, or scaling up for retail or commercial sales, this comprehensive manual will help you protect yourself from supply chain disruptions while ensuring reliable access to quality seed stock adapted to your own climate and bioregion. Coverage includes:

  • The journey to self-sufficiency—why and how to extricate yourself from the modern seed distribution industry and develop your own heirloom seeds adapted to your location and climate
  • Easing common concerns such as cross-pollination, crop timing, and poor seed genetics while choosing the right seed varieties for your small farm or market garden
  • Detailed profiles and practical, hands-on growing and harvesting techniques for dozens of vegetable and flower crops
  • The economics of seed production, and the business case for scaling up and selling seeds into local, retail, or wholesale channels
  • Farm planning, sowing schedules, projected crop yields, and other considerations.

With everything you need to help integrate organic seed production into your small-scale farm or market garden simply, profitably, and successfully, this unique and exciting guide proves that going to seed is easier than you think!