Two Seeds in a Pod is a family and farmer-owned, flavor-oriented heirloom seed company that was founded in 2013 and that is owned by Drs. Mehmet Öztan and Amy Thompson. We specialize in Turkish/Anatolian heirloom vegetable varieties, and offer seeds from all around the world. We now also focus on Appalachian heirloom 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 heirloom seeds, and all of our seeds are open-pollinated. We are the only seed source in the U.S. for many of these seeds. We release new varieties once a year, November through January. The primary principles for offering a specific variety of seed in our catalog are the following: historical/cultural significance background of the variety and that delicious “from our childhood” taste the heirlooms 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 and company’s home-based 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 contribute to the farm-to-table concept in the Tampa Bay area. Providing produce to a family-owned restaurant helped us evaluate our seed introductions through their culinary use.
As much as we believe in preserving agrobiodiversity, we also are adamant supporters of human diversity among seed growers, farmers and land owners.