Our Organic Journey
Our Organic journey began back in 2000, when Kings Seeds was the first company to introduce organically grown and internationally certified seed to the NZ home gardener market. This seed came to us from (and continues to be supplied by) two major seed companies – one based in Northern Italy, the other Northern California. Their seed ranges have always been organically grown and certified to IFOAM standard (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). Both companies are also certified to their national organic level – the Italian company Controllo e Certificazione Prodotti Biologici (CCPB), the American company California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
At first our Organic range was small - limited to just 14 varieties with a conventional alternative still offered for each. In 2001, we created a separate Organic section in our catalogue for the first time with 29 varieties – of these, 24 are still available and rank amongst our most popular lines. The popularity of our organic range continues to grow every year – we are now supplied by ten companies, have over 120 varieties and a determined commitment to increase this every season.
In 2013, we recognized the need to become organically certified as a NZ company. The seed we have supplied has always been certified to an international level but our company was not, nor had we ever claimed to be, certified as an organic seed handler.
The good news? Now we are!
After a thorough process overseen by BioGro NZ, we are pleased to launch our status as NZ’s largest Organically Certified Mail Order Seed Company. Now in 2021, we are on to our 7th year of being organically certified and our organic range has grown to include over 100 varieties and continues to grow and change each year!