It’s spring and summer garden planning time which means it’s time to shop for seeds, plants and more. All the pretty catalogues are arriving with so many well known and rare varieties. While you make your garden wishlist, now is a great time to add seeds and more from these black and brown owned seed and garden shops.
How to use the list:
Click the title of each business to follow them on Instagram. Click the highlighted text each description to go directly the their shop.
Black and Brown Owned Seed and Garden Shops
My Backyard Texas Garden
Sherrie is affectionately known as The Okra lady for good reason. Buy okra seeds and a variety of other seeds for food from her Okra Lady Etsy Shop.
The Mom In Me Blog
If you’re not following Princess, you are missing out on a wealth of knowledge about gardening, herbalism, yoga and more. The Mom In Me Blog Shop offers seeds, health and wellness products and more.
Soul Gardener 74
Katrina is all about bringing back farming to black families. Follow her journey to owning farm land to benefit her community. Supporting her shop by buying a variety of seeds, tea blends, infused oils and balms. Find all of her offerings in her SoulGardener74 Etsy Shop.
Farmer Ken Official
I watched an IG Live with Soul Gardener 74 and Farmer Ken and followed him immediately so I would know when he updates his shop with some of my favorites from his garden. You can buy seeds, herb satchels and handmade herb infused goat milk soap from The Farmer Ken Shop on Etsy now.
Seed Mail Seed Co.
You will want to follow Seed Mail Seed Co and get on the mailing list to get notification for her next seed preorder. They have a large selection of seeds so there will be lots to choose from but trust me get on their list. Checkout the Seed Mail Seed Co. potatoes that are currently in stock and sign up for the mailing list.
Kitazawa Seed Company
If you love authentic Asian food then you know many of the dishes included aromatic spices, herbs and a host of vegetables. Kitazawa has been servings gardens and more since 1917 providing authentic Asian vegetable seeds. Shop Kitazawa Seed Co. to add a little or a lot of Asian inspiration to your garden.
Grow The Block Girl
With a mission to grow every block, purchasing seeds from Grow The Block Girl will help Ameana and her company do just that. Buy vegetable, herbs fruit and flower seeds and kits from Grow The Block Girl.
Big Fig N Vegetables
Odyssey has some of the most amazing rows of berries I’ve ever seen but his loofah plants are the stuff dreams are made of. You can grab loofah seeds or his homegrown dried loofah from the Big Fig N Vegetables Etsy store.
Vegan Chef Ietef
If you’ve followed me for awhile then you know I’m all about that garden stroll to great music life. Chef Ietef coined the term Eco Hip Hop and uses his gift to share a message about climate change, food justice and living plant based. His seed collection on the Chef Ietef site is an ode to Eco Hip Hop and I’m here for it.
The Hood Garden
Trina’s pepper garden brings her hot pepper infused honey to life. Buy a variety of pepper seeds, spiced Himalayan salt mix and more from The Hood Garden shop on Etsy.
Melanated Organic Seeds
The message is all about self sufficiency and growing your own so you are never without. Shop organic seeds, seed storage and garden supplies from Melanated Organic Seeds.
I Grow Shit LLC
I am always here for a cheeky name! Neema had me at the cheeky name but also the packaging. Buy seeds, fertilizer and more from I Grow Shit.
Ivy Leaf Farms recently launched their organic and non-GMO seed offerings. As a community Farm, IVY Leaf is focused on providing good food to their community which is considered a food desert. Grab your Ivy Leaf Farm Seeds for the season.
Coco and Seed
Coco and Seed brings the garden indoors with hydroponic mason jars and supplies. They have cute planters and accessories too. Herbs are perfect for indoor gardens and one of my favorite things to grow. Shop Coco and Seed.
Microbes by Marco
No matter how much you plan or how many heirloom, Non-GMO or organic seeds you buy, your garden is only as good as your soil. Marco specializes in microbes and nutrient inputs for your garden. His products are handcrafted and he does a great job showing and explaining a lot of the process. Get your soil right with Microbes by Marco.
Aina & Co
Aina & Co has such a great story of how they got started. It’s worth getting to know and then shop their popular 100% Wild Harvest Cold Pressed Neem Oil for organic pest control or the Neem Cake Fertilizer for more abundant plants. Shop Aina & Co Supply.
Checkout this list of Black Gardeners for more inspiration to grow your own.
Supporting small businesses is important to me especially ones owned by black men and women along with Indigenous and other people of color. In the gardening space it often feels like we as black and brown people are just coming of age when it fact for many of us this garden life is a long part of our heritage, ingrained in our culture and running through our blood. So it’s my mission to support these businesses and make space for them here for all of you to support too. This list will continue to grow as more black and brown growers open seed and gardening focused businesses.
angJanuary 26, 2021 at 11:59 AM
If a white woman posted a list of white-owned seed businesses – she’d be labelled a racist. HOW is this different?
M JMarch 4, 2021 at 10:42 AM
Highlighting black and brown owned seed companies or any company owned by “minorities” is not racist. Without sharing these businesses, many people wouldn’t know there are other options besides larger retailers. Many people would like to support minority owned businesses and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Also, if you do a search of seed companies, you will find most articles written do not include minority or women owned companies. You are free to not read or comment. This is my site and I get to choose what is featured here.
TarynFebruary 7, 2022 at 5:21 AM
Beautifully said, MJ. It’s sad that it requires a specific search to even find black-owned seed and garden companies (or any companies, blogs, or businesses not run by cishet white men for that matter), but that’s exactly where we are. Only by highlighting and amplifying BIPOC voices can we begin to see change and versatility in the garden community. Thank you for this post!
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JesseMarch 5, 2021 at 7:34 PM
This is wonderful! So very helpful and important, thank you for making this resource. <3
KathleenApril 16, 2021 at 1:28 PM
Thank you so much for this list! I’ve just purchased seeds from a few of the people in your list. I’m definitely going to bookmark this for future reference.
As a white woman, I truly appreciate resources that help me patron Black & Brown businesses 😉
LindaMay 8, 2021 at 5:59 PM
Why are you so concerned with this? I love supporting black/brown businesses and I appreciate the ability to find the needed information. If a white person made a list like this I’d ignore it, not what I am looking for
Wade @ MicrobialogicJune 16, 2021 at 9:42 AM
Great tips as usual, Awesome list of seeds for garden business
paulaFebruary 2, 2022 at 5:39 PM
Thank you so much for this list. I will patronize for my garden seeds. So glad you provided this, as I had never heard of these companies and am making an effort to buy more from our black and brown bros and sistas.