Seward Co-op is pleased to announce the arrival of starter plants at our stores! We are excited to share that we are partnering with four Community Foods producers this year. Once again, we offer a wide selection of starter plants: vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers for sale.
Meet the Producers
Riverbend Farm – Starter Plants ($4.49)
Small-scale, local, sustainable
Small-scale Minnesota producer Riverbend Farm is returning once again to bring community members certified-organic starter plants. Owner Greg Reynolds and his wife, Mary, started Riverbend Farm in the Twin Cities metro area in 1992. They are dedicated to improving biodiversity and fertility on 30 acres, with diversified organic vegetable and small grains production. In 2015, Greg and Mary were recognized as Farmers of the Year by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
NEW – Green Earth Growers – Flowers (assorted prices)
Small-scale, local, women-owned, sustainable
Green Earth Growers is a small-scale, women-owned greenhouse operation established in 2004. They are located south of the Twin Cities in Prior Lake, Minn. The business began by growing quality plants, produce and cut flowers for local farmers, fundraisers, garden centers, landscapers, farmers markets, and restaurants. Throughout the years, their greenhouse space has grown, as well as their farmland. Today, Jenny and Jolea continue to be committed to growing and producing quality products, emphasizing sustainability.
Spark-Y – Starter Plants ($5.99)
Spark-Y is another returning producer. They are non-profit that focuses on youth development and agriculture. They empower youth with hands-on education rooted in sustainability and entrepreneurship. Spark-Y reaches youth at garden-to-cafeteria campuses through STEM-based school programs, an annual sustainability internship open to youth and adults, and an urban agriculture research and testing lab. Participants gain real-world, entrepreneurial experience through sustainable projects executed with our community partners throughout the Twin Cities. These initiatives work together systemically, creating multiple touchpoints for youth engagement through agriculture.
Get the Dirt
Don’t forget to pick up some soil to get those starter plants blooming. We have potting soil year-round from local producer Mother Earth Gardens to nurture your new plants!