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If you’re gardening in Colorado, and you list seed hoarding among your favorite hobbies, then
you have certainly asked at one point, “What grows at a high altitude?” And it’s an important
question, right up there with “Where can I hide my new seed stash so my spouse doesn’t find

You may be lured to the shiny stands of Big Box Store seed packets, but keep in mind that there
are many great reasons to buy bio-regionally adapted seeds.

It Grows Here AND It Tastes Good?!

Gardeners face unique challenges here. It’s smart to choose seeds that are regionally adapted
to our arid climate, drought-tolerant, and ideal for a short growing season. We take it a step
further to seek out the most delicious, nutrient-dense varieties, and that’s what makes us
different from other seed companies. Sure, it’s rewarding and addicting to watch your little
hardy regionally adapted plant babies flourish where others may fail. But nobody wants to eat a
bland, run-of-the-mill vegetable, no matter how hardy it may be. So, we focus on food that is
both happy growing in this area and pleasing to the palate.

Tempting examples would be our Jester Lettuce, Tepehuano Sorghum (an ancient grain that
doesn’t mind poor soil), or the Oros Roaster pepper (a High Desert Seeds Original!)
Every salad deserves to be a gourmet salad.

Save a Seed, Save the World

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when local farmers and gardeners routinely saved
seeds to share and distribute to the local community. Precious seeds were passed from hand to
hand, generation to generation, preserving delicious, heirloom varieties.

With the rise of more industrial growing methods, this practice has nearly died.

A little High Desert Seed secret: we may or may not have given the biggest house on the farm over to the seed storage/handling facility, and taken the little place for ourselves.

Most seed companies (even some big names that would surprise you) ship their seeds from abroad. The results are sad. Not only have countless heirloom varieties gone extinct, but many friendships and shared tomato sandwiches have been thwarted. Neither is acceptable.It’s our desire to grow the hardiest seeds, and grow a strong local community.

Plant, Harvest, Steward

When you introduce a seed to your garden that was selected for your area, you’re planting
a bit of history and breathing new life into a variety that may have been endangered. Take,
for example, our rare Cassiopeia Popcorn or Little Gem Squash.

And when you save the seeds from your crop (after confirming that it is, indeed, exceptionally
tasty), you’re helping to ensure that your neighborhood has a chance to thrive in the face of
whatever dire circumstances may come. Economic trouble, pandemic, seed shortages, zombie
apocalypse…no problem.

Will you become the next channel for introducing more regionally adapted seeds to the
Western Slope? We’d love to get you started!

We promise not to tell your spouse.

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