Bountiful Gardens started over 30 years ago with the idea that people could grow their own food without weird chemicals, and save their own seed, just as gardeners have done for generations. At the time, the seed industry was replacing old-time, open-pollinated varieties with hybrids developed for agribusiness and long-distance shipping. Now, we face the new threat of genetically-engineered crops. Over the years, we have introduced so many gardeners to growing heirloom varieties, composting and seed saving. We hope you'll enjoy our offerings as well.
We only sell untreated, open-pollinated, non-GMO seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops. We are able to offer many of our varieties as: Certified Organic (O); Natural (N); and Grow BiointensiveTM (GB) (sustainable).
We are a CCOF Certified Organic Handler, CDFA OP #23-0336.
We specialize in some of the tastiest varieties of edibles, as well as rare, endangered and unusual seed varieties. Please check out our Grow Biointensive™ books/videos that teach you how to grow a sustainable organic garden - growing soil sustainably using mini-farming techniques such as double-digging, intensive plant spacing, and companion planting.
We also offer fine tools; basic organic gardening supplies; and non-toxic insect controls.
email us at [email protected]
or give us a call at 707-459-6410
Monday - Friday 9-4 Pacific Time.
Our retail storefront is in Willits, CA.
Bountiful Gardens is a non-profit. Since 1982 we have been educating people about gardening organically and sustainably. All of our seeds are open-pollinated (not hybrid or GMO) and untreated.
We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge that we will never knowingly buy or sell seeds that are GMO. (The entire pledge is on page 77.) In addition, Bountiful Gardens does not buy anything at all--even non-GMO seeds--from the companies that produce GMOs. We (and you, through us) are voting with our dollars not to support the production of transgenic organisms.
We are part of Ecology Action, which has been teaching sustainable food independence for over 40 years. Through our apprenticeships, internships, publications, and workshops, we teach people how to raise their own complete diet, including compost crops to grow fertility, and seed- saving for future crops. Worldwide, soil is being lost yearly, and our future with it. Ecology Action empowers people to reverse this trend: building soil, sequestering carbon, and producing their own food.
We operate on a model of “Each one teach one.” Rather than mounting expensive operations in lots of places,we teach a simple, very effective method of food production to interns from around the world here at our California research garden. (Some are shown above) Our graduates return to their home states and countries prepared to teach others. As their neighbors see what increases in abundance, nutrition, and income are possible with only hand labor and no “store-bought” inputs, they learn the method, and teach it to others in their turn.
Your purchase of seeds, tools, books, or supplies helps to fund this vital work.
EA has published a wide range of books, information sheets, and research papers about Biointensive farming (several translated into other languages) all of which can be found here at Bountiful Gardens. The most well-known is the beloved Biointensive classic “How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons, now in its 8th printing.
Ecology Action’s headquarters, known as The Jeavons Center, and the research mini-farm, are located in Willits, CA. Biointensive workshops and tours of the research site are available to the public throughout the year; apprenticeship & internship opportunities are offered to those who want the full immersion experience. For more information, go to www.growbiointensive.org
Mia Sasaki, the Common Ground Garden Program Manager, specializes in garden curriculum development. The Farm Manager and newest member of the team is Paul Higgins, who recently left astrophysics to become a sustainable farmer.
Garden Classes: Youth and Adults
Common Ground will continue to run gardening classes and workshops throughout the year, and will also continue to work with local schools through our their youth education program. They will be sure to keep you apprised of their schedule of events and activities and will let you know when they have their 2015 class schedule up!
For more information about the garden, please visit our website.
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