Skip to main content

NC State Extension

Sustainable Production: Grower Resource List

Compiled by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Vegetables & Herbs

Vegetable Books and Publications

  • Growing for Market (trade publication for market growers)
  • Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, 4th edition, by Donald N. Maynard and George J. Hochmuth
  • How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons
  • Seed to Seed: Saving our Vegetable Heritage, by Suzanne Ashworth
  • Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History, by William Woys Weaver
  • Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, by Carol Deppe
  • 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, by Carolyn Male
  • Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-up to Market, by Vernon Grubinger
  • Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for Organic Gardeners and Small Farmers, by Ron L. Engeland
  • The Packer: Fresh Produce Magazine
  • The Grower: Citrus and Vegetable Magazine

Herb Books and Publications

  • Herbs for Sale, by Lee Sturdivant
  • Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs, by Sandie Shores
  • Medicinal Herbs in the Garden, Field, and Marketplace, by Lee Sturdivant and Tim Blakley

Seeds and Mushroom Spawn

  • Adams-Briscoe Seed Co., Inc
    770-775-7826; Jackson, GA
    cover crop seeds
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
    417-924-8917; Mansfield, MO
  • Ball Seed Company
    800-879-2255; West Chicago, IL
  • Bountiful Gardens
    707-459-6410; Willits, CA
    some certified organic seed, heirloom seed, unusual varieties
  • Burpee Seeds
    800-888-1447; Warminster, PA
  • Carolina Seeds
    800-825-5477; Boone, NC
  • The Cook’s Garden
    800-457-9703; Londonberry, VT
    some certified organic seed
  • Donna’s Heirloom Tomatoes
    Rosedale, MD
  • East Branch Ginger
    207-313-4358; Pittsboro, NC
    certified organic ginger, turmeric, and galangal seed
  • Evergreen Seeds
    714-637-5769; Anaheim, CA
    oriental vegetable seeds
  • Fedco Seeds
    207-873-7333; Waterville, ME
    seed cooperative; some certified organic seeds; floating row covers, plastic film mulches
  • Field & Forest Products
    800-792-6220; Peshtigo, WI
    specialty mushroom spawn and supplies; certified organic spawn
  • Filaree Farm
    509-422-6940; Okanogan, WA
    certified organic seed garlic
  • Fred C. Gloeckner & Co., Inc.
    800-345-3787; Harrison, NY
    bulbs, seeds, plants, and supplies
  • Fungi Perfect
    800-780-9126; Olympia, WA
    mushroom cultivation supplies
  • Germania Seed Co.
    800-380-4721; Chicago, Il
  • Harris Seeds
    716-442-9386; Rochester, NY
  • High Mowing Organic Seeds
    802-472-6174; Wolcott, VT
    all seed certified organic
  • Irish Eyes & Garden City Seeds
    877-733-3001; Thorp, WA
    seed potatoes, garlic, shallots, leeks, onions, other vegetables; some certified organic seed
  • Kitazawa Seed Co.
    510-595-1188; Oakland, CA
    Asian vegetable seeds
  • McBane Farm and Fertilizer
    336-376-3651; Snow Camp, NC
    fertilizers, cover crop seed
  • Modena Seed Co.
    415-585-2324; San Francisco, CA
  • Mushroom Mountain
    864-855-2469; Liberty, SC
    mushroom spawn and mushroom production supplies
    800-692-6329; Summertown, TN
    specialty mushroom spawn and supplies
  • New Sprout Farm
    828-357-5501; Asheville, NC
    certified organic seed potatoes and sweetpotato slips
  • Norman Seed Co.
    714-498-3537; Downey, CA
  • Park Seed
    800-845-3366; Greenwood, SC
  • Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
    888-784-1722; Grass Valley, CA
    row covers, pest management, tools, propagation supplies, etc.
  • Richter’s Herbs
    905-640-6677; Goodwood, Ontario
    some certified organic herb seed
  • Rupp Seeds
    419-337-1841; Wauason, OH
  • Seeds of Change
    888-762-7333; Santa Fe, NM
    all seeds certified organic, plus books, tools, and more
  • Seed Savers Exchange
    319-382-5990; Decorah, IA
    heirloom and organic seeds and plants, seed potatoes, garlic, books
  • Seedway, Inc.
    800-952-7333; Elizabethtown, PA
    certified organic vegetable seeds
  • Seven Springs Farm Supply
    540-650-3554, 800-540-9181; Check, VA
    organic soil amendments, fertilizers, pest management, row covers, growing mixes, and more
  • Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
    540-894-9480; Mineral, VA
    some certified organic seed, heirloom seeds, books, supplies
  • Sow Organic Seed Co.
    888-709-7333; Williams, OR
    certified organic vegetable seed, lots of heirloom varieties
  • Sow True Seed
    828-254-0708; Asheville, NC
    open-pollinated seed, heirloom seed and organic vegetable, flower, and herb seed
  • Stokes Seed Co.
    716-695-6980; Buffalo, NY
  • Sustainable Seed Company
    707-703-1242; Covelo, CA
    certified organic heirloom seeds and garden supplies
  • Territorial Seed Co
    541-942-9547; Cottage Grove, OR
    some certified organic seed
  • Terroir Seeds
    888-878-5247; Chino Valley, AZ
    certified organic heirloom flower, herb, and vegetable seeds, plus supplies
  • Tomato Growers’ Supply Company
    888-478-7333; Fort Myers, FL
    tomato, eggplant, and pepper seeds and supplies
  • Turtle Tree Seed
    518-329-3038; Copake, NY
    biodynamic, open-pollinated vegetable, flower, and herb seeds
  • Underwood Gardens
    815-338-6279; Woodstock, IL
    certified organic heirloom flower, herb, and vegetable seeds, plus supplies
  • Wood Prairie Farm
    800-829-9765; Bridgewater, ME
    certified organic seed potatoes, potato growers’ supplies


  • Banner Greenhouses
    828-659-3335; Nebo, NC
    certified organic vegetable and herb transplants
  • Burch Farms
    800-468-9668 or 919-921-1681; Faison, NC
    certified organic sweetpotato slips
  • Daisy Farms
    269-782-6321; Dowagiac, MI
    asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, horseradish, rhubarb
  • Dixondale Farms
    877-367-1015; Carrizo Springs, TX
    onion plants and supplies
  • Fred C. Gloeckner & Co., Inc.
    800-345-3787; Harrison, NY
    bulbs, seeds, plants, and supplies
  • G.S. Grimes Seeds
    800-241-7333; Smethport, PA
    vegetable seeds and plugs, herbs, flower bulbs and cuttings
  • Garland Truffles
    919-732-3041; Hillsborough, NC
    filbert and oak seedlings inoculated with black truffle fungus
  • George Jones’ Plant Farm
    919-837-5415; Goldston, NC
    vegetable and herb transplants
  • Jersey Asparagus Farms, Inc
    856-358-2548; Pittsgrove, NJ
    asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    877-564-6697; Winslow, ME
    seeds and general supplies for vegetable, herb, and cut flower production
  • Rocking S Farm
    336-363-4488,; Piney Creek, NC
    certified organic vegetable and herb transplants, grown to order
  • Simmons Berry Farm
    479-369-2345; Mountainburg, AR
    small fruits, rhubarb, asparagus
  • Windcrest Farm
    704-764-7746;; Monroe, NC
    certified organic vegetable, herb, and flower transplants; organic grafted heirloom tomato transplants

This document is a partial list of resources for growers and does not imply endorsement by North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, or North Carolina Cooperative Extension of any of the companies, products, or organizations listed.

Written By

Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie E-mail Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Page Last Updated: 5 years ago
Was the information on this page helpful? Yes check No close