Collaboratively grown in the Midwest for Midwest Growers

We believe in the power of regional seed stewardship to support food security in a time of environmental and social change.

Driftless Seed Supply (DSS) offers high-quality seeds and supplies with integrity and transparency for Midwest growers. We grow seeds collaboratively in and for the Midwest. We are committed to providing locally produced, regionally adapted vegetable, flower and native prairie seeds, with a priority to offer certified organic seed when possible. In addition to seeds, DSS offers a range of growing supplies such as soil, fertilizers, tools, and more.

We believe in the great potential held in each of our seeds: nourishment of our Midwest people and communities; economic vitality for the rural Midwest; connection to ancestral wisdom; and the resilience and healing of Earth in a time of unprecedented change.

Collaboratively grown

We grow seeds collaboratively in and for the Midwest. As experienced Midwest growers, we thoroughly understand this climate.

Like every region, the Midwest has a unique set of growing conditions with diverse topographies, microclimates, soil and weather patterns.

Through generations of seed production and rigorous trialing, working in close collaboration with farmers across the region, Driftless Seed Supply (DSS) provides seeds that are best suited for our unique growing conditions. This helps ensure that Midwest farmers and gardeners have access to seeds that will thrive and produce excellent yields.

Quality Focused

Quality seeds and supplies are the cornerstone of Driftless Seed Supply. We view quality not as a static component but as part of our process of continuous improvement.

This begins with sourcing seeds that are bred, trialed, and collaboratively grown in the Midwest.

We prioritize the fresh eating experience produced by our seeds, versus how well a variety can be shipped or processed.

Seeds with Integrity

Integrity and transparency are layered into every facet of our business and each seed we sell. Unfortunately, this is not the industry standard, and customers are often left in the dark about how and where seeds are produced.

Instead of opaque multinational supply chains exploiting international pay disparities for cheap skilled labor, we openly share our seed sources to the best of our ability.

What organic means to us

We support the Organic Seed Alliance’s stance on organic certification

We support organic certification as the strongest public standard for accountability in sustainable agriculture, and we celebrate the benefits of certification for growers, workers, consumers, and the planet.

At the same time, we acknowledge historical shortcomings of the USDA-NOP and the burden certification can put on small producers, especially BIPOC growers. 

We commit to supporting our growers in navigating their organic certification process. 


Any seeds marketed as certified organic, including any packets with the USDA Organic seal on them, have been produced with practices verified to be compliant with the USDA National Organic Program. We review the organic certificate for every new grower and seed lot we receive, and our operation is certified organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).

All Driftless seeds are GMO-free, and many are also certified organic.

At Driftless Seed Supply, we sell only untreated, non-gmo seeds. None of our seeds are sold with treatments applied to them.

We source as many of our seeds as possible from Midwest growers, including through the seed producers cooperative we are in the process of forming. We choose varieties that our team has trialed extensively and know to be a good fit for Midwest farms and gardens. We look for varieties that perform well over multiple years, are good for fresh eating, and are reasonably tolerant of disease and pest (or so darn tasty it’s worth extra care!).

Sometimes we source varieties from standard supply chains via other companies, in such cases where we feel the absolute best variety cannot be produced by us (such as with Bolero carrot) even though there are other varieties of the crop we could grow. In some cases, we have not found suitable non-hybrid, dependable varieties to offer in place of those bred and supplied by large companies, such as with our Bishop Cauliflower or Eastern Crown broccoli. 

We offer both open pollinated/heirloom and hybrid seeds, because our priority is offering the right varieties for your farm and garden.

We prefer to offer open pollinated and heirloom varieties when we can, because it means it is easier for our coop members to produce the seed regionally. However, we also acknowledge there is an important place for the uniformity and disease resistance that hybrid varieties can provide. 

If a variety is described as an heirloom it means that it has been sold or stewarded for at least 50 years, and is an open pollinated variety (not a hybrid).

The shelf life and storage requirements of seeds vary by crop. Our mentors taught us a rule of thumb that the humidity + temperature in fahrenheit should be less than 100. We store our seed below 50% relative humidity, and in modified chest freezers to keep the temperature low.

Seeds can be stored in freezers for long periods of time if they are sufficiently dried. This can be especially helpful for seeds with short storage lives, like onions. It’s a good idea to test the conditions by freezing a small amount of the seed first, and then removing them and making sure they still germinate. If they do, you are probably ok to freeze the whole seed lot.

While seeds that are stored in conditions above freezing are best off in breathable packaging (like our seed packets, or paper bags), make sure to put seed you are freezing in a plastic bag or jar so that when you remove it from the freezer it doesn’t absorb a lot of moisture as it comes up to ambient temperature. Most of our seeds are dependably good for at least two years. 

Forming a Midwest Seed Producers Cooperative

Nurturing regional seed production

Driftless Seed Supply Currently works with 10 growers to produce the bulk of the seed for our catalog. We also source some seed from larger corporations through other seed companies (only when absolutely necessary to provide you with the best varieties for Midwest production). The primary growers we work with are:

Driftless Seed Company home farm, Cody Egan: Decorah, IA and Mabel, MN

Circadian Organics: Ferryville, WI

Malachi Persche: Baraboo, WI

Three Sisters Farm: Cambellsport, WI

Lathyrus Flora: Viroqua, WI

Blue Barrel Produce: Grant County, WI

Thresh and Winnow Farm: Viroqua, WI

Cultivating the Commons: Amory, WI

Driftless Organics: Soldier’s Grove, WI

Lauren Schoendorf: WI