Safe Seeds, Organic Practices, GMOs

  • A majority of the seed bank collection seeds offered by NS/S are produced at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, AZ.  While we are not USDA certified organic, our growing practices meet and often exceed the standards for organic certification.  Find more details about the practices of our Conservation Farm here.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the specific growing conditions of any seed offered by NS/S. 
      • NS/S is a member of the Safe Seed Initiative. We do not buy, sell or use genetically modified seeds, nor do we support the patenting of seeds. Our seeds can be considered  GMO-free and we take efforts to ensure that they are not cross-pollinated by GMO or hybrid seed stock.
          • We believe in free access to crop diversity and support the rights of indigenous communities to benefit fairly from the crops and associated knowledge they developed.
              • Any seeds obtained from NS/S are not to be used for commercial breeding purposes with a patent outcome unless there are written agreements with the originators of the seeds in the NS/S collection.  Acceptance of NS/S seeds is an agreement that they will not be used as such, and each NS/S packet is labeled with this agreement.