The organic crispy, roasted lentils in our Savory Seeds are grown for us by Timeless Natural Food in Ulm, Montana. Timeless started in 1987 with four farmers who were determined to revolutionize Northern Great Plains farming with a solution for fallow fields. Using cover crops would reduce erosion, build soil health, provide natural nitrogen fertilizer, and create a new source of income. More than thirty years later, Timeless is known worldwide for its organic heirloom legumes, and the continued mission to care for the soil, rural communities and the planet. We’re proud to be working with them.
Pacific Northwest Buckwheat
The buckwheat we’re growing in partnership with the Washington State University Bread Lab and family farmers in the Pacific Northwest is a perfect example of how crops can benefit people and planet alike. The seed of a green, leafy plant related to rhubarb, buckwheat has been cultivated for thousands of years. Today, it’s an ideal crop for organic agriculture. Buckwheat naturally suppresses weeds, helps control erosion, and can improve soil health when grown organically (like our buckwheat is). Grown between crop cycles, it doesn’t require much fertilizer, thrives without the use of herbicides or insecticides, and attracts beneficial insects and pollinators with its nectar-laden flowers.
For us humans, buckwheat is nothing short of a superfood. It’s packed with fiber, protein and essential minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium.
Learn more about our buckwheat growers at the Hedlin Family Farm in Skagit Valley, Washington. The Hedlins' core tenets are Stewardship, Soil, Family and Community. They believe that the land is everything, and it is in our long-term interest to be thoughtful stewards.
A Word About Hemp Seeds
Yes, they’re legal. No, you won’t get high. Whether you consider it good news or bad, hemp is a TCH-free relative of marijuana that’s been cultivated as a valuable textile fiber and food source for centuries. Today, hemp is a fast-growing soil superstar that requires no pesticides and uses low amounts of inputs. It also produces tasty seeds that are packed with fiber, protein, potassium and healthy fats.
Our hemp seeds are grown in northern Colorado by our friends at Colorado Cultivars, then roasted whole, without removing the hull, for more fiber and crunch.