Redding Co-op Preschool Seed Sale 

Redding Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit, parent owned and directed preschool in Redding, CA. We believe children learn through play and recognize that preschool is a time of tremendous change and development in children. Children are learning how to make choices and develop relationships with others. Redding Cooperative Preschool provides choices in an enriching and supportive  atmosphere, while encouraging children to build relationships with others. Parent education and involvement ensures a program that supports each individual child’s needs. Visit our website at http://www.reddingcooppreschool.org/

 Our daughter, Maisie, is thriving in the 3 yr old class and we have loved being part of the Co-op family. To help keep tuition rates low we are working with the school to hold this special seed sale in which $1.50 from each packet in this collection will go to the school. 

One half of proceeds from seeds purchased in this special Coop Collection will go to the Coop.  

Thank you for supporting our school and kids! Happy gardening:)

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Lactuca sativa

200 seeds/pack

For those who want several lettuce varieties, try our mix of three colorful cut-and-come-again lettuce. The varieties in this mix change regularly.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Helianthus annus

50 seeds/pack

Decorate your garden with sunshine. This mix of sunflowers includes Russian Mammoth, Tarahumara and Evening Sun. Let these reseed year after year in your garden. The birds will love you for it! Sow sunflowers up to 1/2 inch deep after all danger of frost has passed. Space 2 ft apart or more for optimum growth.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Amaranthus gangeticus

200 seeds/pack   |   90-100 days   |   Heirloom

This amaranth variety will add a little Dr. Seuss to your garden. The large red seed heads are reminiscent of an elephant trunk and filled with thousands of red seeds. Thanks to Uncle Jeff for passing along this great variety to us!

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Capsicum annuum

50 seeds/pack   |   85 days   |    Heirloom

This squat 2-by-4-inch pepper turns red with fleshy folds when mature and is exceedingly sweet. Yields are somewhat early for peppers and it will continue to produce heavily until the frost arrives.  Last season this pepper was an absolute farm favorite for its sweet taste and crunchy texture. We are so in love with this pepper that all the seed we offer has been painstakingly scraped from each pepper by hand, as opposed to the bucket and shovel method, and we saved all the flesh for freezing and drying. I was amazed by how easily these peppers sun dried. There’s nothing like opening up a bag of these peppers to add to winter dishes.  And of course, they are most superb eaten raw. Use as 'chips' for hummus dips or add to smoothies! 

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Cucumis melo

25 seeds/pack    |   90-95 days   |   Heirloom

Just as Chico boasts a Bidwell Park, Bidwell Mansion and Bidwell Perk, the city can also claim the Bidwell Casaba. Using USDA seed stock from 1869, US Senator, John Bidwell, saved and improved this heavenly melon for years in Chico, CA. The fruits are huge at 9 x 14 inch and weighing 15 lbs. This is the sweetest melon we have ever tasted! 

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Lycopersicon esculentum

50 seeds/pack   | 70 days   |   Heirloom

These are large 4-5 inch fruits with unusual black coloring. In reality these beefsteak tomatoes are deep red with green shoulders. The flavor can be described as complex with salty, smoky overtones. Really tasty. We have made some fantastic sauces with these. In addition, we have found this heirloom to be really prolific. The only drawback we have experienced is that they do not keep well so enjoy right off the vine! Indeterminate.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Brassica rapa

200 seeds/pack    | 45 days

This classic Asian green is fantastic in stir-fry or raw in salads. Bok Choy produces large green leaves with succulent white and crispy stems that cook up well. The leaves grow from a basal rosette allowing for continual harvest of outer leaves and stems while new growth appears from the center. These are especially tasty when lightly steamed with soy sauce or Braggs.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Calendula officinalis

50 seeds/pack

Used traditionally to promote tissue health and regrowth. Soothing for cuts, scrapes and sore throats. Also a beneficial and edible companion plant in the garden. Plant year round in mild climates. Annual.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Coriandrum sativum

100 seeds/pack  |   45 days

This zesty herb has quite a reputation. Loved by most and loathed by a few. Many say that no salsa is complete without cilantro. Others love the seeds, called coriander. Sow seeds in September for harvest through the winter and into the spring. Or sow in early spring for spring harvest. If you must have cilantro with your salsa, try drying it, freezing it or planting in succession in the shade for summer harvest. Annual.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Cucurbita pepo

20 seeds/pack   |   50 days

This bush zucchini has all the best traits. It is early to mature, prolific, tasty and drought tolerant. The dark green zucchinis are uniform and were developed under organic conditions for organic farmers. Bred by seedsman Bill Reynolds.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Beta vulgaris

50 seeds/pack   |   59 days   |   Heirloom

A classic red beet that produces consistent 3-inch globes with extremely sweet, dark flesh. An 1892 heirloom, it is an established variety with strong tap roots and hardy tops.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Brassica oleraceae

150 seeds/ pack   I   60 days   I   Heirloom

Short season broccoli produces early center heads. The great thing about this variety are the numerous side shoots the plant will continue to produce for months. Excellent flavor. This open pollinated organic broccoli seed was selected by Steve Peters from Seed rEvolution Now. He is working with this variety to improve it for organic production and we are honored to offer his seed here!

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Bok Choy, Giant Red Mustard, Arugula and Garden Cress.

200 seeds/pack   |   45 days

Sow this mix to have tasty and plentiful greens September through May. All of these greens thrive during the cool season and can be harvested many times. Fantastic as micro-greens in salad or in stir-fry.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Cucumis melo

25 seeds/pack

Very sweet 2 lb fruits with green flesh. Known as 'green machine' for the amazing number of fruits produced on these compact vines. Fruits slip from vines when ripe. Bred in 1998 by Merlyn Niedens, this is a cross between ‘Jenny Lind’ and ‘Kansas.’ The name Ice Cream comes from the perfect bowl the melon makes when you remove the seeds. Perfect for a scoop of ice cream, that is!

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Ocimum basilicum

100 seeds/pack | 60 days |  Heirloom  

Classic green sweet basil; perfect for pesto. We love to add it to soups, salsas or to accent a tomato platter. This variety produced plentiful leaves and really attracted the pollinators. Good container plant for a kitchen herb garden. Annual.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Lactuca sativa

200 seeds/pack   |   50-60 days

With origins from the desert, Jericho has been developed to endure the summer heat. Sturdy, vigorous, tall plants with dense heads. Bright green leaves with a silky texture. Bolt resistant while remaining sweet, tender and crisp. Tolerance to tip-burn, powdery mildew and downy mildew.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Pisum sativum

25 seeds/pack   |   60 days

Large succulent pods are GREAT in stir-fry, quiches or any other dish you can dream up.  Prolific vines produce masses of large, flat-podded peas late into the pea season. Peas are 3-4 inches long and nearly an inch wide. This variety will climb 5-6 ft or more if a sturdy trellis is provided. Pea weevil damage is present in some seeds. Pea seeds have been treated to kill any pea weevil larvae by freezing the seed for 3 weeks. 

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Cucumis sativus

30 seeds/pack   | 50-60 days  

Very early-maturing variety produces 5-7-inch cucumbers that are excellent for slicing, pickling, etc. These are known for their uniform shape, dark green thin skins and great eating qualities. We have grown this variety for several years in our gardens and are consistently pleased with the bountiful yields.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus vulgaris

25 seeds/pack | 55 days | Open Pollinated

A determinate green snap bean , relatively early-maturing, with very long, straight pods that are exceptionally tender and sweet. This variety was developed at Oregon State by vegetable plant breeder Jim Baggett, particularly for the fresh market grower. The determinate plants produce 1-2 pickings over a 2 week window. Sow in succession for a continual harvest. 

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Zea mays

50 seeds/pack   |   85 days   |   Heirloom

This is the most beautiful corn we have ever grown or seen. It produces the full color spectrum in bright, vivid hues. Bred by Montana grower Dave Christiansen, it has been selected from more than 70 Indian corns for hardiness in short, cool mountain climates. Our crop grew to only 5-6 feet and produced 1-2 ears per plant. Great to grind for corn meal, flour, tortillas, etc.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Lycopersicon esculentum

50 seeds/pack | 78 days

Prolific 1-inch fruits borne on vigorous indeterminate vines. These are among the very best cherry tomatoes we’ve ever tasted. Sweet and plentiful. Another original from Peace Seeds, de-hybridized from Sweet 100. High in vitamin C. These tomatoes get their name from a high content of gamma-amino butyric acid, which acts as a calming effect on the body. Indeterminate.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Capsicum fructescens

50 seeds/pack   |   95 days   |   Heirloom

Heralding from Peru, this completely purple plant yields dark purple to almost black peppers.  The up-pointed fruits are mildly hot, meaning you can actually put one or two in a salsa and not get blown out of the kitchen! It really is quite a striking plant whose compact nature lends it to patio gardens.  These peppers do need a long season to fully mature.  Watch as the fruits turn from dark purple to burgundy red when mature. 

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Raphanus sativus

50 seeds/pack    |   30 days

Deep plum purple in color and round, these radishes have an amazing watery mild flavor. Delicious sliced and eaten!  Best eaten when they are 1-2 inches in diameter.  Fast growing, radishes are a great veggie to plant with kids.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Allium cepa

150 seeds/pack   |   110 days   |  Heirloom

Heirloom red storage onion from Italy. Large 4-inch bulbs with flat tops. Shimmering red/pink skins. Sweet and spicy flavor. Outstanding storage onions and very beautiful. We grew the seed with the seed-to-root-to-seed method, meaning we dug the onions in the fall and stored them until spring. In the spring we replanted and let them go to seed!

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Helianthus annus

50 seeds/pack | 80 days | Heirloom

Our largest variety of sunflower grows to 12 feet and each head can be up to 2 feet across. Great variety to grow for a plentiful seed harvest, if you can get there before the birds! Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of protein. Easy to grow and they attract butterflies. A very heat- and drought-resistant variety.

$3.00

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Pisum sativum

25 seeds/pack   |   55 days

This sweet snap pea is another garden favorite from Alan Kapuler. The pods grow to 3-4 inches and are fat with sweet goodness. Literally, the sweetest pods reach nearly a centimeter in thickness. We have found our Sugarees produce earlier in the season and are very prolific.  Pea weevil damage is present in some seeds. Pea seeds have been treated to kill any pea weevil larvae by freezing the seed for 3 weeks.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Zea mays

50 seeds/pack   |   80 days   NEW

We are very pleased to offer organic Top Hat Sweet corn seed grown on our farm during the summer of 2016. Top Hat is an excellent modern sweet corn variety with plump golden kernels and a super sweet corn flavor. It is the breeding work of Jonathan Spero in southern OR. It has been selected to tolerate cool soils, mature early and have tight husks that are effective in excluding insects. We saw no corn earworm damage in this year's crop! Expect 8 -10 ft plants with an average of 2 ears per plant. Ears are about 8 inches long. Read this article in the Edible Shasta Butte by Kalan Redwood that chronicles Spero's work to bring us Top Hat. 

Top Hat is an open source variety and pledged to the Open Source Seed Initiative. The pledge states : "You have the freedom to use these OSSI- Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this Pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives."

It ensures Four Open Source Seed Freedoms for this and future generations:

  1. The freedom to save or grow seed for replanting or for any other purpose.
  2. The freedom to share, trade, or sell seed to others.
  3. The freedom to trial and study seed and to share or publish information about it.
  4. The freedom to select or adapt the seed, make crosses with it, or use it to breed new lines and varieties.

 

 

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Curcubita moschata

20 seeds/pack   |   110 days

Waltham sets the standard for butternuts. Large fruits up to 6 lbs. with brilliant orange flesh. I love the natural sweet/savory flavor and the texture. We use butternuts in everything from pies, soups, baked and in breads. Excellent storage variety.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Curcubita pepo

20 seeds/pack | 100 days | Heirloom

This heirloom pumpkin dates back to the late 1800s and has been loved ever since for its sweet orange flesh perfect for pies, soups and bakes. Winter Luxury is a mid-sized squash that can just about be used in one meal, with the leftover puree frozen for some later date. The vines crawl rampantly and each plant will produce 3-5 fruits with pale orange and finely netted skin.

$3.00

Plant: After last frost

Curcubita pepo

20 seeds/pack   |   50 days

Classic yellow crookneck squash great steamed, fried, baked, grilled. Anyway you like it! Harvest young and often for a continuous supply of this tasty squash.

$3.00