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About Us

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A family owned and operated business since 1979, Pinetree Garden Seeds was founded with the simple mission of offering low prices on quality seeds to the home gardener. Over the years offerings have expanded to include over 1300 varieties of seeds, including many Heirlooms & Organics, a huge assortment of tools and gardening gear, books, live plants, and soap making/crafting supplies. Located in rural Maine, we operate out of a 300 year old farmhouse and strive to offer the best service and products with a personal touch. 

In 2011, the company was passed down from it's founder, Dick Meiners, to his stepdaughter Melissa and her husband Jef. They are excited to continue the mission of supporting the home gardener by offering affordable, high quality seeds and goods. 

Dear Friends, 

Welcome to our 40th year! We are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone and are incredibly grateful for all the customers and staff that have been with us over the last 40 years. Look for staff highlights throughout the year and be sure to enter our contest (find it HERE) to share your garden pictures with us. Winners will be drawn each month!

As we reflect on our anniversary, we asked ourselves, what makes us different? Why Pinetree? The answer was simple: you, our loyal customers. Some have been with us since the very beginning, some have just discovered us, but we all share a love of growing and eating fresh, healthy food. 40 years later and the next generation at the helm, our mission is the same as when we started: affordable seeds that grow.

Pretty simple. But with this simple idea we have found that a pro-found magic happens. Today’s fast paced world melts away. Friends and families come together. Children learn to grow their own food, meals are shared, the warmth of the sun is felt, and the simple pleasures of time spent in the garden fortifies one’s soul. Here’s to another 40 years! Thank you for being part of our Pinetree family!

-Melissa, Jef, and the whole Pinetree Family

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Signers of the SAFE SEED PLEDGE

Proud to support sustainable agriculture, Pinetree has never sold any genetically modified seeds and has signed the Safe Seed Pledge, promising never to sell any GMO seeds. We have pledged our support to local efforts to label GMO foods and strive to offer an extensive selection of heirloom seeds in an effort to support the ideals of responsible and organic gardening practices.

“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”