We are honored to continue the work of Sylvia Davatz and to offer you the Solstice Seeds Catalogue. Solstice Seeds started in 2009 by Sylvia and was passed on to Brian and Melissa Stroffolino. We steward rare, diverse, and resilient seed varieties for ecologically-minded farmers, gardeners, and seed savers. Our catalogue is full of robust, productive varieties as well as rare and unique varieties. Most of our seed is adapted to the Northeast and other short season northern climates; however, these seeds can still be grown and thrive in many climates.
We only sell open-pollinated (OP) seed.
NONE of our seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented, PVP, or genetically modified (GMO). All of our seed is grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, and NONE of it is treated. Only homemade compost, products from Vermont Compost, organic additives, trace minerals and elements, or locally sourced manure are used as soil-builders.
Why Open Pollinated (OP) & Regional?Hybrid seeds are beneficial mostly as monocrops. It seems the goal of the corporate-produced hybrid is to sever the seed's relationship to the natural world, and profit from a corrupt short term economic model. We believe proprietary control schemes such as hybrids (F1), patenting, PVP, and trademarking are stifling resilient innovation and diversity. Proprietary hybrids are the single biggest contributor to the erosion of agricultural biodiversity regionally and worldwide. Open pollination encourages diversity and resilience. It is akin to open source. Unlike hybrids, open-pollinated varieties become adapted to the area in which they are grown and have been shown to outperform hybrid and imported seed. If we are to approach true food freedom, it must rest on a foundation of open pollination.
Every variety you see in this catalogue has been chosen on the basis of several specific criteria:
• It must be an open-pollinated, non-hybrid variety.
• It must produce well and mature easily within our growing season.
• It may offer possibilities for season extension either through its cold hardiness, lateness of maturing, or adaptability to greenhouse growing.
• In the case of winter food crops, it should store well in a root cellar or winter over in the ground.
• It should have outstanding flavor.
• It may be a rare or particularly old variety that is worthy of preservation.
• It should show some disease and/or insect resistance.
• It can be a variety that was either grown historically in our area, or is part of our traditional staple New England winter diet.
All seeds offered have been grown either on our farm or in Sylvia's garden, with the exception of a few varieties that were grown in collaboration with other seed savers in our immediate area (notes about specific location and collaboration are in the variety description).
PHOTOGRAPH DISCLAIMER: **A large number of the photos posted on this website are free, generic images that represent that crop/variety. Some images are a compilation of our own or free images. We apologize that we do not have all of our own photos, but will continue to update them as we grow out our varieties (and remember to take pictures).**
Our high tunnel where we propagate our starts.
Our farm booth at the Hartland Farmers' Market