Declaration of Quality Assurance
At Bentley Seeds, we pride ourselves on providing a consistent, high-quality product for our customers. Our seeds and packaging all undergo rigorous testing and screening to ensure they meet our exacting standards. Before you buy from us, learn more about our production methods and our approach to quality control.
- All of our seeds are untreated, fresh crop, non-GMO, heirloom varieties.
- We adhere to the Safe Seed Pledge.
- Our seeds are supplied by USDA-compliant seed harvesters who are licensed in all 50 states.
- Before they arrive at our facility, all seeds are lab tested, with accompanying documentation, to ensure they meet or exceed federal germination standards.
- We send the seed out for additional lab spot-testing on a regular basis.
- We conduct regular in-house germination testing as an additional QC measure.
- All packaging is dated and labeled according to USDA regulations.
- Seed packet envelopes are printed using soy-based inks on 70% post consumer waste content paper.
- All packets are subject to random spot checks throughout the fulfillment process. The QC checks look for specified fill weights being met, along with folding edges being sealed properly, and a general overall check to be sure the packet is suitable for retail sale. Records of all QC checks are kept for one year from fulfillment date.
We are not currently certified organic. However we can and have source, package, and carry organic offerings. Please contact us directly about producing organic products.
Safe Seed Pledge
To further show our commitment to promoting non-GMO seeds and eco-friendly gardening methods, we've signed on to The Council for Responsible Genetics' Safe Seed Program. As signatories, Bentley Seeds makes the following pledge to consumers:
"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, sell or trade 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."