Artisan Seeds is the breeding business of Baia Nicchia Farm. We started our farm in 2006, with the primary goal of of breeding novel tomato varieties for gardeners and small farmers. We (Fred Hempel and Jill Shepard) have invested everything into our organic family farm and our seed business.
To date, our little seed business has produced the Artisan Cherry tomato collection, and these new varieties are just the tip of the iceberg. We have a number of varieties we are preparing to release over the next 10 years.
Please consider purchasing a Collaborating Membership to participate in the development and testing of many exciting new tomato varieties. We have numerous breeding projects currently in progress, and we are fine-tuning many new varieties that will be released worldwide via Johnny's Selected Seeds and AP Whaley Seed Company.
An Artisan Seeds collaborating membership includes the following:
5 new tomato varieties each year for the next 10 years. These varieties are chosen from a list of 10+ new varieties that is distributed each year in December. The varieties available will be both OP varieties and F1 Hybrid varieties. The 2018 list is here.
Available varieties will include cherry tomatoes, small-fruited tomatoes, paste tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes.
Collaborating members will initially receive at least 15 seeds per line, for each new tomato varieties. Requests for larger amounts of seed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Collaborating members agree to NOT share (or sell) seed in the year that they get the seed. Collaborating members are free to share seed in subsequent years. Collaborating members agree that they will not sell F1 hybrid seed, and that they will not sell OP seed for the first 2 years following distribution to them. Other restrictions may be placed on individual varieties as needed.