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Who We Are
From Our Family to Yours
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds is a small, family-owned business, established in 1989. We are located in Ellensburg, Washington which sits just east of the Cascade Mountains in the heart of the Kittitas Valley. We have around 15 full time employees and during the busy seasons we hire additional help to keep up with the farm needs. We take pride in growing, harvesting, and distributing quality seeds and products to our customers.
We farm about 275 certified organic acres and produce as much seed as we can within our climatic limitation. The rest of our seed is contracted out to a group of small growers in the western states. In the event of crop failure and shortages, we buy from several different, small American seed companies. We are dedicated to promoting sustainable, organic, and lifelong farming practices. We specialize in short season seeds for an early harvest. We are strongly against GMOs in all forms and we have signed the Safe Seed Pledge to support and promote organic farming and gardening practices at all times.
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds not only specializes in potatoes but we are truly a one stop shop for all of your gardening needs. We offer hundreds of varieties of organic vegetable seed, garlic, onions, shallots, strawberry and asparagus roots, gardening tools, informational booklets, soil preparation products, and many organic and natural fertilizers. We hope you enjoy looking through our products. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, our customer service representatives would be glad to help you. Thank you!
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds is a small scale, family owned organic farm that provides the highest quality, most affordable, and offers a diverse selection of organic seeds to our ever-growing customer base. We cater to the small home gardener up to large wholesale suppliers. We are known for our potatoes and garlic; however we pride ourselves in all aspects of our business through exceptional customer service, product satisfaction, and farming techniques. By educating our customers and providing them with quality products, we are truly making a difference in people’s lives. We are a company that wants to be remembered for its dedication and promotion of organic farming and gardening practices.
Potatoes are our number one specialty and we are proud to say we are the only growers who do organic potatoes from start to end. What does this mean?
We start our potatoes in the greenhouse from tissue culture or plantlets. These are monitored daily and sprayed with our homemade organic compost tea. This mixture does wonders for yields! Prior to harvest, the roots, stems and leaves are tested for a minimum of six different yield reducing diseases. The plants are also professionally inspected visually twice a year. This is all in addition to our daily inspections.
Once we harvest these plantlets, they are now called pre-nuclear potatoes. No, they are not treated with radiation – these are the earliest generation of seed potato available. Since they have never been grown in native soil, they are free of disease. These marble sized tubers produce tenfold over standard seed potatoes.
Now that we have harvested, stored and long awaited the next growing season, we will plant our pre-nuclear potatoes. These will be planted in native soil for the first time. Upon harvest, these tubers are call nuclear potatoes. This is the second earliest generation of seed potatoes available. Nuclears will still have noticeably higher yields than standard seed potatoes and a higher disease resistance.
At this time, we should note that the older the seed potato, the lower the yields and higher risk of disease. We stop selling seed potatoes at Generation 3. Most growers will continue selling seed potatoes until Generation 4, 5 or higher! The potatoes you find at the store are at least Generation 7 potatoes. This means they have been planted and harvested 9 times! They are old and tired – if you plant these at home, you’ll be lucky to have any potatoes to harvest, and on top of that you will most likely introduce some diseases to your soil.
We donate seeds to help people learn to grow food and feed themselves. Give a man a head of lettuce and he eats for the day. Give him seeds and he eats for a lifetime.
Our Program benefits many different groups of people.
We support orphanages in Mexico, Homeless garden projects, The Mahan foundation, school Pea Patch programs, Veteran projects, Catholic charities, world disaster areas, seed libraries, and Indian reservations. We also support groups that grow for food banks and churches as well.
Greg started our donation program in 1996, 22 years ago. Since then we have donated over 2,000,000 seed packets, he feels that is it very important to give back to communities in need.
Others can help by spreading the word, and volunteering to help others feed ones in need.
Anyone who has a garden help project or food bank can apply for our seed donation program. The only criteria needed is to be non-profit organizations that are teaching and helping feed people.
Any great story you can tell me about? A couple years ago Greg and Paige drove down to Tecate, Mexico to help the Rancho El Milagro orphanage get established. They helped build fences, garden sheds, garden beds, planted trees and taught them how to grow their own food. Before their journey they collected donated clothing, formula and other supplies the kids needed.
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