Seed Exchange

Welcome to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

We provide Recommended Planting Dates for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, based on a joint project by the Virgnia Master Gardeners and the Virginia Extension Service.

For fastest service, we recommend you place your order online. You can also print this year’s order form to mail in your order.

Pre-order your bulbing onions and garlic for fall shipment. Rember, seed potatoes ship separarely from the rest of your order.

We have more options this year to let you join us in supporting these invaluable non-profits:

– 30% of the purchase price of the Virginia Heritage Seed Sampler goes to the Piedmont Environmental Council.

– 30% of sales of our new Rainbow Starters Mix also go to PEC and their Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign.

– 30% of Appalachian Mix sales go to the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center.

– We’re giving 10% of sales at events this winter to the Organic Seed Alliance. Bring your questions to these conferences, seed swaps and festivals.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds. We emphasize varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, although gardeners and farmers from all over the country grow our seeds. We do extensive germination and purity testing to ensure that we always provide the highest quality possible.Good Neighbor Tomato

Read in our resource library about why we specialize in heirloom seeds and primarily offer open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds.

You may order seasonal items for later shipment when placing your full seed order. Gourmet, heirloom garlic and perennial multiplier onion bulbs are amongst our specialties (shipped beginning in September for fall planting). We also offer ginseng and goldenseal for fall shipment. When you plant these endangered woodland medicinals, you help ensure their survival for future generations. In the spring, we ship a variety of unusual and heirloom potatoes.

As part of our mission to promote seed saving and traditional plant breeding, we provide a variety of seed saving equipment in quantities appropriate to home seed savers (in our Supplies), as well as seed saving resources in our Books & DVDs. Our catalog would not be possible without the efforts of the seed savers who created, refined and maintained these heirlooms.

Good Neighbor TomatoSome of our seed growers have opted not to become Certified Organic, although they do use natural, ecological methods. We indicate these seeds with an “e” symbol. Since certified organic farmers must plant certified organic seeds when available, we prioritize offering USDA certified organic seed for varieties that are particularly well-suited to market gardeners. Rare seeds that are best suited to home gardeners may be contracted to our non-certified but philosophically sustainable growers.

We offer many unusual, Southern heirlooms, such as peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, turnip greens, corns for roasting and meal, and butterbeans. Customers are often surprised by the diversity of our heirlooms, especially our tomatoes, peppers, and melons. We think that after you try them, you’ll agree that our tomatoes taste better!

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