Australian Heirloom Seed Companies

Below is a list of organic and heirloom seed companies in Australia and New Zealand.  (We do not have many companies for New Zealand that is why we have included them here.)

 

Australia/ Maleny

Green Harvest is a family owned and operated Australian mail order business that has been trading since 1992. It started out simply from our desire to share our passion for organic gardening and permaculture.

We believe that we were the first organically certified seed supplier with BFA - ACO in Australia. We are proud that our website is the most comprehensive source in Australia (and possibly the world) of both organic gardening products and information on organic growing.

Our aim is to make it easier for Australians to live in healthy, natural homes with a garden full of nutritious, chemical-free vegetables and fruit.

Our garden seeds are nearly all open-pollinated and so are able to be grown again from seed you save yourself. Open-pollinated seeds are genetically diverse treasures that have been passed on from generation to generation. When you buy and plant open-pollinated seeds you are helping to protect this valuable resource for the future. The loss of genetic seed diversity facing us today could easily lead to a catastrophe far beyond our imagining. The Irish potato famine, which led to the death or displacement of two and a half million people in the 1840s, is an example of what can happen when farmers rely on only a few plant varieties.

Australia/ Dromana, Victoria

At The Diggers Club we are passionate about gardening and are here to help our members grow beautiful and productive gardens.

We nurture inspirational gardens and hold regular workshops and masterclasses to build our members skills and knowledge. Our magazines inform our members about food, sustainability and other issues we believe are important for our future. We've been trialling plants for over 20 years to offer the best plants for your climate, and our staff are available to help you every step of the way to gardening success!

Certified Organic seeds and more:
We are growing our range of certified seed and other products each year. These are sourced from suppliers that follow the best organic growing and production methods.

Western Australia

Seeds2Freedom sells garden seeds with free shipping to anywhere in Australia.

The Italian Gardener
theitaliangardener.com.au

Australia/ Fullarton

The Italian Gardener Pty Ltd is the Australian distributor of Italian vegetable and herb seed from Franchi Sementi SpA of Bergamo, in northern Italy. Our Mission is to provide you with an exciting vegetable growing experience by making available high quality garden seeds of classic heirloom Italian vegetables renowned for their vigour and flavour.

The Seed Collection
www.theseedcollection.com.au

Australia/ Victoria

TheSeedCollection is an Australian owned and operated business.  "We provide Australian gardeners with quality seed at a fair price."

We specialize in herb, vegetable and flower seeds.  Including most of the varieties you know and many more you probably don't. 

We sell Heirloom and open-pollinated garden seed varieties.  We don't sell hybrids and we don't sell GMO's. None of our garden seeds are chemically treated.

Australia/ Lower Beechmont

Eden Seeds' aim is to distribute old traditional open pollinated varieties of vegetable seed, preferably old Australian varieties and organically or bio-dynamically grown where possible.

 

We believe they are more nutritious and better tasting, hardy and easier to grow for the home gardener. Old varieties produce over an extended period. Home gardeners obtain relaxation, enjoyment and quality from a most rewarding hobby.

 

Our garden seeds are the old traditional open pollinated non-hybrid varieties and have no chemical treatment, and no genetic engineering.

Australia

Modern technology and farming practices have no doubt contributed to more than doubling yields of cereals and even tripling the yield of some fruits and vegetables over the last half-century. Topping the list are strawberries with an eight-fold yield increase in productivity since the 1950s.

However this has been at a huge sacrifice of taste, minerals, vitamins and the complexity of antioxidants. The work of crop breeders and companies manufacturing a wide range of inputs—from fertilisers to pesticides, has delivered yields but at the expense of nutrition density.

There is plenty of research data showing that in corn, wheat and soybean, that are ubiquitous in processed foods, the higher the yield, the lower the protein and oil content. The higher the tomato yield, the lower the concentration of vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene. Grow yellow tomatoes not just for diversity sake but for antioxidants such as the precursor of vitamin A called beta carotene found in valuable amounts in yellow tomatoes and in many other vegetables.

South Australia/ Strathalbyn 

Heirloom Harvest is proudly a South Australian owned and run business, your source for traditional, heirloom, open-pollinated and organic vegetable seeds for your home garden.

Here at Heirloom Harvest we believe there is no more rewarding feeling than sitting down to a meal you have grown yourself. There is something primal about growing food that is missing in the modern lifestyle. Preparing and enriching your soil, planting your chosen variety of garden seeds, nurturing the new green life sprouting from the earth, protecting your plants from hungry insects, harvesting your crop, turning a recipe into a true homemade meal, sitting down at your dinner table and enjoying your home grown vegetables. Unfortunately, with our modern consumer economy approach to everything, this experience has been lost to most people. Our mission is to bring it back!

Growing your own vegetables is not only fun and rewarding; the food you grow yourself will be more flavoursome and often more nutritious; it also saves you money and is one of the best things you can do for the environment. Gardening and vegetable growing brings one back to nature and provides a reality check on how dependent society is on the earth and why we need to look after it.

Heirloom Harvest aims to provide you with a broader, more interesting range of garden vegetable seed varieties than are usually found at your local gardening supplier.  If we do not stock a vegetable variety that you are after, let us know and we will do our best to find a grower or supplier.

 

Koanga Institute
http://www.koanga.org.nz/

New Zealand/ Kotare Village

Welcome to Koanga Institute, home of New Zealand's largest heritage organic seed collection. We focus on growing nutrient dense food and seeds in a regenerative manner for the next generation's health and well being. Take a look around our website to buy garden seeds, take a course, read research.

Fair Dinkum Seeds
www.fairdinkumseeds.com

Australia/ Queensland

We sell a large and constantly changing variety of awesome heirloom garden seeds, plants, and a whole heap of other unusual stuff too!

Everything from native Australian bushtucker, rare fruit, unusual heirloom vegetables and herbs from around the world, to dried herbs and organic insecticides, and absolutely everything we can rustle up in between!

We live here in beautiful Queensland, and we deliver to all parts of Australia and every country in the world for that matter! Everything is done the old fashioned way, by hand, by me and the Mrs, without the use of chemicals, machinery or any of that other newfangled modern nonsense.

If we can’t grow it, then we just don’t sell it.

Australia/ Tasmania

 Phoenix Seeds exists, primarily, to provide access to a broad range of self-replicating varieties of garden seeds suitable for home food production. The focal point of the business is a small house and seed garden in Snug in southern Tasmania, where garden seeds are produced in situ and brought in from outside sources and distributed by way of this catalogue and, increasingly, online. The premises are not open to the public.

                  The principle idea, besides making a living, is to encourage people to grow food at home, preferably using seed saved from plants grown in their garden and thereby having some say in the full cycle of plant food production. Also, many species of vegetable plants are becoming very difficult to import into Tasmania necessitating more applied garden seed production and storage.

                  Non-hybrid garden seed, with proper management, reproduces true to type(produces distinct varietal characteristics for 4 or more generations), evolving in the course of time. Quite often, the most appropriate seeds to sow are those produced in your garden. When saving garden seeds, endeavour to consider the parent plants as a whole entity and avoid focussing on individual parts such as big fruit, earliness, vigour etc., though these aspects are, of course, part of the whole.