Bountiful Gardens started over 30 years ago with the idea that people could grow their own food without weird chemicals, and save their own seed, just as gardeners have done for generations. At the time, the seed industry was replacing old-time, open-pollinated varieties with hybrids developed for agribusiness and long-distance shipping. Now, we face the new threat of genetically-engineered crops. Over the years, we have introduced so many gardeners to growing heirloom varieties, composting and seed saving. We hope you'll enjoy our offerings as well.
We only sell untreated, open-pollinated, non-GMO seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops. We are able to offer many of our varieties as: Certified Organic (O); Natural (N); and Grow BiointensiveTM (GB) (sustainable organic).
We are a CCOF Certified Organic Handler, CDFA OP #23-0336.
We specialize in some of the tastiest varieties of edibles, as well as rare, endangered and unusual seed varieties. Please check out our Grow Biointensive™ books/videos that teach you how to grow a sustainable organic garden - growing soil sustainably using mini-farming techniques such as double-digging, intensive plant spacing, and companion planting.
We also offer fine tools; basic organic gardening supplies; and non-toxic insect controls.
Our retail storefront is in Willits, CA; see Contact Us for directions.
You may be interested to know that Bountiful Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a project of the globally-active non-profit Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula.
Ecology Action (EA) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and has been dedicated to researching, developing and teaching biologically-intensive farming for the past 43 years. Its mission is: “Teaching people worldwide to better feed themselves while building and preserving the soil and conserving resources.”
The GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Method evolved as a result of Ecology Action’s work over the past four decades. Based on techniques practiced for millennia in successful farming cultures around the world, the method (often referred to as “Biointensive” or “GB”) has been recognized by organizations such as the UNEP-UNCTAD, the UNCCD, and the UN-FAO, the World Bank, representatives of the USDA and CECADESU, scientists from several universities, and small farmers across the world.
From Ecology Action’s own research (Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (Vol. 19 (2), 2001, p. 81-83) as well as that of other scientists, it can be seen that—as compared with conventional techniques—Biointensive cultivation gives small-scale farms and farmers the ability to significantly increase food production and income, to use predominantly local, renewable resources, and to decrease expense and energy inputs while building fertile topsoil at a rate 60 times faster than in nature (Worldwide Loss of Soil – and a Possible Solution Ecology Action, 1996).
EA has published a wide range of books, information sheets, and research papers about Biointensive farming (several translated into other languages) all of which can be found here at Bountiful Gardens. The most well-known is the beloved Biointensive classic “How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons, now in its 8th printing.
Ecology Action’s headquarters, known as The Jeavons Center, and the research mini-farm, are located in Willits, CA. Biointensive workshops and tours of the research site are available to the public throughout the year; apprenticeship & internship opportunities are offered to those who want the full immersion experience. For more information, go to www.growbiointensive.org
The beautiful Common Ground Garden is alive and well. The garden, like the store, is a project of the nonprofit Ecology Action, and is focused on teaching people how to grow food sustainably.
Mia Sasaki, the Common Ground Garden Program Manager, specializes in garden curriculum development. The Farm Manager and newest member of the team is Paul Higgins, who recently left astrophysics to become a sustainable farmer.
Garden Classes: Youth and Adults
Common Ground will continue to run gardening classes and workshops throughout the year, and will also continue to work with local schools through our their youth education program. They will be sure to keep you apprised of their schedule of events and activities and will let you know when they have their 2015 class schedule up!
For more information about the garden, please visit our website.