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Seeds of Change

January 05, 2011 08:33 ET

Seeds of Change® Releases New Organic Seed Varieties

Perfect for the Home Gardener -- Packed With Flavor and Easy to Grow

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - To the excitement of gardeners everywhere eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures and the chance to plant their spring gardens, Seeds of Change, the oldest and largest 100% organic seed company in the United States, recently distributed its 2011 seed catalog. The catalog contains hundreds of organic seed selections and includes 34 new certified organic seed varieties, meant to inspire gardeners of all types. When the climate changes, it will be easy to imagine a bountiful garden filled with produce grown from some of the new introductions, such as: Blush tomato, Torreto Romaine lettuce and Tirreno Italian melon, all of which pack superb flavor and boast easy growing techniques.

"We select our varieties for flavor to make the experience of growing and eating organic food enjoyable all the way from seed to plate," said Terry Allan, product development coordinator for the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Brand. "When novice gardeners ask how to begin their first garden, I tell them the first step is to plant a seed -- any seed -- and watch it grow."

Within the new 2011 catalog, Seeds of Change highlights groups and individuals who are working to build strong communities through gardening and the sharing of food. Stories of coming together around an edible garden or offering garden harvests to those in need are abundant in the new catalog, which can be viewed here

"We always aim to inspire people through our new seed offerings," said Tricia Lang, brand manager for the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Brand. "This year, we are proud to share the stories of how some of our newest varieties were created, many by independent farmers, who have made our seed offerings as robust as they are today."

Each year Seeds of Change tests hundreds of seed varieties on trial sites across the country to find the best performing varieties for organic farms and gardens. Foremost in the criteria is flavor, after which Seeds of Change looks for healthy, disease-resistant plants with strong root systems and top yields.

Highlights from our 34 new seed introductions include:

  • Blush Tomato: Two years ago the research staff started hearing from the trial sites that one variety had remarkable flavor. That tomato turned out to be Blush, which is one of the most anticipated introductions in the new catalog this year. Developed on Fred Hempel's Baia Nicchia™ Farm and Nursery in Northern California, the Blush Tomato is a 2-inch long julienne cherry tomato with an unforgettable tropical sweet flavor reminiscent of pineapple and ready to pick when the pink blush starts to appear over the yellow background.

  • Tirenno Italian Melon: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this richly flavored Italian-style cantaloupe. The disease-resistant vines make growing your own delicious melons easier than ever. Clip from the vine when the rind color changes from gray-green to tan for optimum flavor.

  • Toretto Green Romaine Lettuce: This lettuce is heat tolerant, medium dark green, tall and better adapted to stress than other varieties. With high marks from trial farms from Georgia to California, it produces lettuce perfect for homemade Caesar salads: crunchy with sweet flavor.

  • Flowers: From the SEEDS OF CHANGE® flower seeds; Alyssum, which is a great flower to bring into an organic garden because it attracts "good bugs" to take care of the "bad bugs," thereby eliminating the need for chemical-based pesticides; Marigolds also repel many insect pests when interplanted with vegetables; and Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) is an ever-popular selection because of the flower's proclivity for attracting Monarch butterflies to the garden.

For city dwellers or those without much room to plant, Seeds of Change dedicated a full section of the 2011 catalog to "space challenged gardening" with information on how to plant even the smallest crop on a balcony or in a vertical garden.

For more information about Seeds of Change and for tips on gardening, visit www.seedsofchange.com.

About SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products
Seeds of Change (SeedsofChange.com) was founded in 1989 with a revolutionary vision: To make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the "advances" of modern industrial agriculture.

While that vision still holds true today, our company has evolved to be a strong producer of Certified Organic Foods (SeedsofChangeFoods.com) and Chocolates (SeedsofChangeChocolate.com). Our line of Certified Organic Rice & Grain Blends, Simmer Sauces, Pasta Sauces, Salad Dressings and Chocolate Bars were inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand.

For over 20 years, Seeds of Change has been committed to promoting the use of sustainable organic agricultural practices. To demonstrate our commitment, we contribute one percent of our net sales to support organic growing programs.

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