Two Seeds in a Pod is a family and farmer-owned, flavor-oriented seed company that was founded in 2013 and that is owned by Drs. Mehmet Öztan and Amy Thompson. We specialize in Turkish/Anatolian seed varieties, and offer seeds from all around the world. We now also focus on Appalachian seeds, and beginning in Fall 2019, we will offer seeds from West Virginia and the other parts of Appalachia in our catalog.
We produce and offer rare seeds, and all of our seeds are open-pollinated. We are the only seed source in the U.S. for many of our varieties. We release new varieties once a year, fall through early winter. The primary principles for offering a specific variety of seed in our catalog are the following: historical/cultural significance of the variety and that delicious “from our childhood” taste the old seeds have. We also want to provide seeds that are good producers.
All of our seeds are non-GMO and non-hybrid, and we have happily taken the Safe Seed Pledge. None of our seeds are treated or patented, we grow all of our seed stock using natural products and methods. Our seed research and production farm was located in Tampa, FL, between 2013-2015 and in Thonotosassa, FL, between 2015-2018. In 2018, we moved to beautiful West Virginia, and as of April 2019, our farm has been located in Reedsville, WV.
We are small farmers, and in the past, we attended farmers’ markets to sell produce. We also collaborated with Chef Gregory Seymour of Pizzeria Gregario (Safety Harbor, FL) to explore the flavor dimensions of the produce we grew from our seeds. Providing produce to a family-owned restaurant helped us evaluate our seed introductions through their culinary use.
Mehmet Öztan, Ph.D.
Mehmet is a Turkish seed saver and has a passion of growing the seeds of Turkey. Since he quit his engineering career to co-found Two Seeds in a Pod in 2013 in Tampa, FL, he has grown and documented hundreds of seed varieties of his motherland. A majority of the seeds you browse in our seed catalog is grown, harvested and processed by Mehmet. He also works at West Virginia University as part-time faculty, exploring creative ways to spread the love of seeds and engage communities for preserving agrobiodiversity.
Amy S Thompson, Ph.D.
Amy is the co-founder of Two Seeds in a Pod. She processes many seeds you browse in our catalog, and she is involved with everything artistic about our company. She is an applied linguist by training, and currently the Chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at West Virginia University. In her free time, she helps with many tasks on the farm from fixing fences to building shelves.