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Our Seeds

Foundroot has operated as a seasonal online seed retailer for 9 years. We have sent seeds to over 70 different Alaskan communities and throughout the Lower 48. We only sell open-pollinated seeds that have been proven for Alaskan growing conditions.

Growing seeds in Alaska is a slow and difficult process. We source the majority of our seeds directly from other farms and ethical companies in the USA that align with our core values. When we have the choice and it is financially viable, we always choose to buy organic. Everything has been trialed in Alaska and we grow the same seeds we sell you for our produce sales in the summer months.

In 2018, our farm became operational and we began growing our own seeds on a commercial scale. By breeding seeds at 59°N we are developing varieties that tolerate cool temperatures, long days, short seasons, and with resistance to pests, disease, and the extreme temperature fluctuation that is becoming our new normal. In distributing and breeding only open-pollinated seeds, we are strengthening the public commons of seed genetics because these seeds can be propagated and saved by simple home gardening methods. We can all save these seeds together.

 

By shopping with us, you are supporting small local business, regional food production, carbon sequestering farming, food sovereignty activism, teaching community empowerment through food, and of course, seed research and breeding for long-term seed banking.

The more diversity there is in our seed supply and the more widely distributed these seeds are, the more resilient our food system becomes. Join us.

Safe Seed Pledge

The Safe Seed Pledge is a document that was created in 1999 by a coalition of seed companies about the dangers of genetic engineering. Since then, over 70 companies have signed the pledge, ranging from large seed companies to family-owned businesses such as ours. The Safe Seed Initiative is currently regulated by the Council for Responsible Genetics and is comprised of scientists, lawyers, public health advocates, and citizens concerned about the social, ethical, and environmental impact of new genetic technologies.

We invite organizations, governments, businesses, and individuals to join us in our support of a safe and secure future.

The Pledge

"Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative,

We pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell, or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants.

The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."