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Inspiring Conversations with Stephanie Stringfield of Heirloom Mountain Seedswoman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Stringfield. 

Hi Stephanie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I left my job in radio a few years ago, in search of a happier life. I have been gardening for years but didn’t notice there were unusual varieties of things until I was in college. I began collecting seeds, like blue pumpkins and white radishes, and eventually saw that these seeds get dropped from catalogs, without warning. If no one else carries it, you’re kind of at a loss to get them. I found that the Early Wonder beet has unusual anti-inflammatory properties, in the greens. So, I started a company to preserve this item. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, there were crop failures, and supply chain issues due to Covid. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I own a seed company in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and am a part of the Colorado Proud label. I grow some of my own seeds, in the harsh climate of the mountains, which gives them an advantage to the strange weather swings we are all experiencing now, due to climate change. This gives my seeds a chance to be hardy and better weather-adapted than other seeds can be. I love the fact that I am fully in charge of what varieties I choose for my catalog; Biodiversity and medicinal properties are both important topics, and I favor human and environmental health over profit. I like doing fun things for my customers; Right now, I have a celebration happening because I have a new farm. Everyone is really excited for the surprise gift seeds they are getting. 

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Being that I am not just a businesswoman, but a farmer gives my business an authenticity that bigger companies lack. I understand, personally, the effects of chemicals, bee depopulation, and the fun of gardening; So, my decisions are made with an intelligence that those who never put their hands in soil, don’t have in them. My Colorado Proud seeds are grown without chemicals, and the varieties I choose always have a purpose, outside of profit, such as saving a variety that is going extinct. My customers are genuine people and they like the personal touches, such as hand-stamped packs. 

Pricing:

  • Most seeds are $3-$4 a pack
  • Free shipping on orders $30 or more 2022

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Stephanie Stringfield
Heirloom Mountain Seedswoman

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