Stoney Brook Farm and seedsofsubversion.com is located on the edge of the Fond du Lac State Forest outside of Cloquet, MN. Our seeds are grown using organic methods, but you'll have to take our word for it because we're not organic certified since I don't feel like jumping through those government hoops. We grow only heirloom/open-polinated/public domain varieties, and have taken the Safe Seed Pledge to not knowingly buy, sell, or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants. We are members of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), which is dedicated to maintaining fair and open access to plant genetic resources worldwide in order to ensure the availability of germplasm to farmers, gardeners, breeders, and communities of this and future generations.
Seeds of Subversion takes it's name from the chapter on corn in renowned plant breeder and author Carol Deppe's book "The Resilient Gardener - Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times," in which she describes growing and saving seeds as one of the most subversive acts to which one can aspire.
We spend the winter in Florida so seeds ordered during the winter months will ship from there but were grown in Minnesota.
Please send payment to PO Box 10788, Brooksville, FL 34603-0788. We get our mail at that address whether we're in Florida or Minnesota.
About our pricing and why we do not combine shipping – Our tomato seeds are listed at $0.50 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling. This is because of the way Google Shopping sorts its search results. The giant seed companies and sponsored ads are always first under the default sort, and we’re buried somewhere around page 100. But fortunately, if a shopper sorts their search results by price, then our seeds will be at the top of the list at $0.50. We’d love to be able to just list them for $2.00 a packet, which is what we feel they’re worth. That's a pretty good deal in comparison to almost any seed price out there. Plus, we usually put more than 30 seeds in the packet and usually include a bonus packet of a different variety with each order. Unfortunately, there are many sellers who charge less than a dollar per packet but then add on a fortune in shipping and handling. It's deceptive, because Google doesn’t take into consideration the shipping and handling costs, just the seed price. So if we charged $2.00, those other sellers would be listed before us even though their total price is much higher. We don’t combine shipping, because it’s not just shipping – it’s also handling. Handling includes counting and packaging the seeds for sale, making and printing labels, getting the orders put together for shipment, printing packing slips, addressing shipping envelopes, and driving ten miles to town to have the post office hand cancel the envelopes so the seeds don’t get crushed in their machine. And that doesn’t even include growing, harvesting, fermenting, cleaning, and drying the seeds. So if we only charged $0.50 and not the $1.50 for all the work involved, we’d actually be losing money, and then there would be no more tomato seeds from Stoney Brook Farm and seedsofsubversion.com. Thank you for your understanding.