Our Safe Seed Pledge

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At this time all our vegetable and garlic seed offered online from Meadowlark Hearth is grown on our 492 acre certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic farm in western Nebraska. Throughout our time as managers of Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative, we developed a relation with many biodynamic growers in the US. and we continue to develop new grower relationships. So, when we have the possibility, we may carry their seed as well.

We pledge to offer open-pollinated seed grown on farms and in gardens working with biodynamic practices as outlined by Rudolf Steiner in his Agriculture Course of 1924. Our North American seed growers understand and are committed to this. We work with our network of growers on a basis of mutual trust and understanding, through personal contact and with specific guidelines, which include watching isolation carefully to ensure purity of variety and safety from genetic pollution. We do not carry hybrids or knowingly carry seed that has been genetically engineered or polluted with genetically engineered products. We also do not knowingly carry products from farms where animals are fed genetically engineered feed. We pledge to educate ourselves and others as we learn, grow and develop towards attaining the ideal of a biodynamic farm or garden.



Certification

For the convenience of those required to have certified seed, we have noted available certified varieties. All Demeter Certified Biodynamic® certification is through the U.S. Demeter Association or its counterpart in other countries. In the U.S., the term Demeter Certified Biodynamic® is registered by the Demeter Association as a certification mark. Organic certification at this time is the organic branch of Demeter called Stellar organic certification.

At this time almost all of the vegetable and garlic seed offered online from Meadowlark Hearth is grown on our 492 acre certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic farm in western Nebraska. If you see in the heading of a variety that it is certified organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic, then it is from our farm. Throughout our time as managers of Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative, we developed a relation with many other biodynamic seed growers and we continue to develop new grower relationships. Right now we do not have the processor certification that allows us to process and distribute biodynamic/organic certified seed from other farms. In 2013, when we list plants from other Demeter certified Biodynamic and certified organic farms they will be drop shipped directly from their farm. We intend to have processor certification by Autumn of 2014. For now, any seed from other Demeter certified Biodynamic and certified organic farms shipped directly from Meadowlark Hearth will not be listed in the seed variety as certified organic , but the farm will be listed in the description as Demeter certified Biodynamic and certified organic.