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Ecological Crop Improvement For and By Farmers

Welcome to our 2016 catalog and website!

We are an organic seed and vegetable farm in the Pacific Northwest. We produce farm-original varieties of many salad greens, vegetables, herbs and a few flowers.

All of our seed is Organically Grown by Shoulder to Shoulder Farm

in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a world class place to grow specialty seeds.
Few places on Earth have the climate, latitude, soil, water, and intellectual resources found in this rare north-sloping river valley. Seed companies from every continent come to the Willamette Valley to contract quality seed production. We are fortunate enough to live and farm here.

Many of these varieties originated in our on-farm breeding program for organic conditions and fresh market quality, denoted by our farm-original  mark. Other varieties have come to us over thirty-odd years of farming, either as heirlooms or good commercial standards, now with generations of selection on the farm. All seed at risk of GMO contamination has been tested and found free of genetic engineering components.

Our ecological approach to plant breeding and crop protection generates superior varieties for farmers who don’t use chemical crop protectants and fertilizers. The small-scale care and authentic fertility of our farm fields yield fat seed with exceptional seedling vigor, a key trait for organic crop success. This seed is organically bred to be organically grown, just like your crops.

New Additions for 2016

Gift Certificates are now available! Click here for more information.

These are a few of our new offerings. Be sure to check out all our new additions on our New Products Page.



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Dazzling Blue Kale: European

Dazzling Blue Kale: European

Farm Original Variety! This stunning new blue kale comes from our own Hank Keogh’s inspiration to backcross a ‘Rainbow Lacinato’ variant with its ‘WGS Lacinato’ ancestor. The result, a dazzling blue-green savoyed strap leaf with underturned margins, upright growth, and a striking pink midrib. Eye-catching at the market, and the flavor is “very lacinato.” More winter hardy than any other lacinato-type, as demonstrated in the kale-killing freeze-out of 2013–14. Nice work! Farm Original Variety!
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Total Clown Lettuce

Total Clown Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! I found this multi-hued romaine as a volunteer on the fringes of a breeding plot several years ago. I didn’t plant it, but I know its Momma. Many subtle variations on red streaked and splashed romaine heads, some with rose-pink hearts. Farm Original Variety!
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Aloha Gem Lettuce

Aloha Gem Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! This is the first varietal type to emerge from ‘Manoa x Leopard,’ a glossy ‘Little Gem’ sized, medium green, savoyed, heading lettuce with something like romaine texture. A “personal sized” head that fits well on a plate, and has huge savoyed surface area to hold plenty of dressing. Can be planted 6-8” apart for intensive production. May be harvested at a wide range of maturity, from rosette to full headed. Farm Original Variety!
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Island Gems Mix Lettuce

Island Gems Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! This mix of tight small heads comes from the cross ‘Manoa’ x ‘Leopard’ initiated in 2011. This will eventually produce a dozen or more distinct cultivars (inc. a couple this year), but you can preview them all right here. These are primarily mini and midi sizes in all shades of green, as well as boldly spotted and blushed kinds with many shades of red. Savoyed short-leafed packed heads are perfect salad plate size for either whole head servings or mixed salads, with complex and contrasting coloration. Farm Original Variety!
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Camo Oakheart Mix Lettuce

Camo Oakheart Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! There is a complicated history here that began with a ‘Deer Tongue’ that went camo with red spots and a bronze overcast after an unplanned mating with a red-to-heart romaine, only to be made oakish by a chance encounter with Green Oakheart. The resulting genepool is something to behold, ranging in color from deepest solid red to the heart, through all stages of spotting, speckling, and blushing into spotless green. Dense oakheart heads in sizes from mini to full to elf-earred. Great salad mix oakleaf diversity. You’ve never seen anything like this. Farm Original Variety!
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Navajo Tea Navajo Tea

Navajo Tea Navajo Tea

A low-growing, big-flowering, eye-catching native species suitable for pathway borders. Also known as Hopi tea or Greenthread, Navajo Tea is an important medicinal plant in the southwestern US. The entire plant, filiform leaves and yellow petals, can be used as a yellow dye source and an herbal tea that alleviates aches and pain. Luteolin, one of the flavonoids found in Navajo Tea, is notable for its anti-inflammatory effects.
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Ghost Pipes Nicotiana

Ghost Pipes Nicotiana

I love having scented flowers around regular work stations or along frequented paths. Nicotiana knows how to take care of herself. Once transplanted into place it making a carefree border or filling a difficult corner. Grows to 5’ by the end of autumn. Space transplants 12” or more apart. Long tubular ghost-white flowers are gorgeous en mass, glowing as dusk gathers in the heavy fragrance.
3,000 seeds/packet, 27,000 seeds/gram
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Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Gorgeous multi-use Hopi heirloom with bright yellow petals that contrast beautifully against the dark centers. These tower 7-11 feet with terminal heads more than a foot across, and smaller axillary blooms. The large seeds are great for snacking, but the real treasure is in the dark hulls that can be used to obtain a spectrum of purple to grey dyes. Smaller side flowers are perfect for cut arrangements.
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Aztec Sunset Mix Zinnia

Aztec Sunset Mix Zinnia

This is the short, compact zinnia species, generally 10–15” tall, but very productive on a stems/sq. ft. basis. Also less prone to mildew and other leaf grief. ‘Aztec Sunset’ is a mix of evening colors from orange-red through burgundy and into purple, fully doubled, often bicolored petals tipped in white or yellow.
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Persian Carpet Zinnia

Persian Carpet Zinnia

My introduction to the wonders of compact zinnias. These are so resplendent and low lying that you do wish you could lie down in them to watch the winged life. These are brighter in tone than the ‘Aztec Sunset,’ a mix of solid and bicolor petals in carmine, yellow, deep red, and white fringed shades.
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Dyer's Chamomile

Dyer's Chamomile

Low maintenance perennial dye plant from the Mediterranean. Leaves are lacy with a bluish-green hue, and bright yellow daisy-like flowers are a punch of sunshine throughout the growing season. Plants spread readily, creating a mat of beautiful foliage and blooms. Dried flowers create a crisp yellow dye that can be over-dyed with indigo or woad for brilliant greens
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Dyer's Coreopsis Plains Coreopsis

Dyer's Coreopsis Plains Coreopsis

Wildflower species common to central Canada, the US and northern Mexico. Coreopsis flowers are a favorite hub for native bees, and ours this year attracted solitary bee species in abundance that were not found on any other flowers. Sow seeds in autumn or spring for early summer flowers. Our population is a mixture of the species type bicolor-petal (red/yellow) flowers, and stunning crimson and yellow-speckled variations that are garden show-stoppers and pigment rich. Flowers are used to obtain rust and mahogany dyes.
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Shades of Gold Mix Marigolds: Tall

Shades of Gold Mix Marigolds: Tall

Monstrous plants (up to 5 ft) that produce large doubled flowers up to 3” across. Blooms range from limey to lemony yellow, to bold gold and deep orange. Dye produced from fresh or dried flowers produce a spectrum of yellow and orange hues. The large flowers make gorgeous dried garlands that will keep your home cheery through the winter months.
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Mr. Majestic Double Marigolds: Short

Mr. Majestic Double Marigolds: Short

Extravagant yellow and maroon doubled flowers make me think of Mr. Fancypants. These low-growing productive marigolds start blooming early in summer and carry on until frost. Like other French marigolds, these produce root exudates that are the organic alternative to chemical nematicides. Dye from the petals are colorfast rust-toned, and the doubled flowers give you more dye for your effort.
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Remember to check the New Products Page for all 37 of this year's introductions!
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