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Foundroot is a small farm and seed company run by husband and wife team, Nick Schlosstein and Leah Wagner in Haines, Alaska. Our goal is to empower more people to grow their own food, no matter the scale, and support systems of self-reliance and food sovereignty for northern communities.
We have operated as a seasonal online seed retailer for 10 years, sending seeds to over 70 different Alaskan communities and throughout the Lower 48. Foundroot only sells open-pollinated seeds that have been proven for Alaskan growing conditions.
Any seeds that are not grown by us are sourced from other farms and ethical companies in the USA that align with our values. Due to the loss of our farm in 2021, we are growing a very small portion of our catalog at this time. We rigorously test our seeds and guarantee high germination standards. It is really important to us that our customers know they can rely on us to help feed themselves and their families.
In 2015 we moved to Haines, AK from Southcentral Alaska due to its favorable microclimate. We purchased a small plot of land and camped out for two summers while we cleared trees, cut a 1/4 acre garden, built a yurt as our year-round residence and began cutting ground on a farm field at on old homestead a block down the road. In 2018, we got our farm operational and were able to start growing seeds on a commercial scale. This is a slow and challenging process in our climate. We are focused on breeding out the more rare and difficult to grow vegetables for our region such as early ripening tomatoes, mold resistant beans, and slow bolting spinach.
In addition to growing seeds, our one acre market garden filled a dire need for more fresh food in our community. We grew vegetables, flowers, fruit, and herbs that we retailed locally in Haines, feeding 50+ families per week and we partnered with like-minded restaurants and retailers in Haines and with weekly shipments to Juneau.
Unfortunately in 2021, our landlords wouldn't allow us to grow on the land that we had spent the last five years developing our farm on. It was clear that this was not a safe and stable situation to build our business on and we had to abandoned years of work and the land that we had poured hundred of hours of sweat equity into. We are in the process of securing new land to restart our farm and continue this work.
When you shop locally with us, you are supporting these efforts, the restarting of our farm, the future of a more localized northern food system, and the deep food security of regional seed banking.
We are just getting started and are so very grateful for your support.