[awm-kah] ; /äm, kə /
1. Translated from Quechua (an ancient Andean language); a reference to wild or semi-wild potato species, predating cultivated potatoes.
synonyms: wild potato, papa
2. A sustainable agricultural model based on principles and methods focused on preserving genetic diversity, illuminating the dangers posed by industrial agriculture, and providing sustainable solutions.
synonyms: agro-independence, bio-revolution (not really, but maybe someday)
Amkha Seed is an independently owned and operated seed company located in Westminster, Colorado. We're horticulturalists and growers obsessed with crop improvement and genetic preservation. By developing new low-input varieties, encouraging agricultural awareness, and promoting sustainable methods we hope to make a difference. We like to think of ourselves as mavericks. While we exceed industry standards, diligently adhere to restrictions and regulations, and embrace traditional proven methods, we've distanced ourselves from many of the industry’s dated and limiting norms. We specialize in underutilized and underappreciated food and utility crops originating from all over the world, or forgotten domestically. We also offer a wide range of open-pollinated and heirloom varieties specifically selected for their value in terms of adaptability, pest resistance, overall utility, yield, as well as other desirable and sustainable traits.
Our crop research and breeding program is developing new varieties for several important crop species. We aim to develop a number of unrestricted varieties requiring little to no inputs suitable for sustainable systems. In addition, we offer various OSSI pledged varieties released by other breeders that are not always available via traditional channels. We're also adapting and propagating root-stock and tubers for many worthy, yet underappreciated species. Though our focus is on selecting for sustainable/low-input traits, we're also working to incorporate many interesting, unique, and more marketable traits.
The truth is that developing a new variety requires a great deal of time and resources. And the vast majority will never make it to the grocery store. Farmers will only grow what they can sell. And seed companies are usually hesitant to get on board due largely to lack of marketing potential, costly and restrictive contracts, and the extensive resources involved to ensure compliance with the ever changing regulations surrounding many of the species we've chosen to offer. Simply put, we don't care much for these barriers. And we're willing and able to legally provide these types of seeds to our customers growing in unrestricted regions. We're not interested in exclusive contracts or designer varieties. We're convinced people want sustainable options. We've developed Amkha Seed as platform allowing breeders, growers, and gardeners access to these important varieties.
Plenty of respectable seed companies exist. Some doing really great work. Each with their own focus and vision. Our focus and vision are simple. To ensure sustainable crops are preserved for future generations, promote responsible solutions, and provide a trusted source of high quality plants and seeds. Though many items we offer are relatively uncommon, we hesitate to use the word "rare". Some are scarce or hard to find in the US, but many of these misunderstood plants are widely cultivated around the world. Most of us in the US have simply not been exposed to, or are not aware of the potential benefits many of these plants may offer.
We have a great deal of pride in what we're doing here. And we make every conceivable effort to ensure that we offer only the highest quality seeds, the most accurate information, and the best possible customer service. We always aim to surpass industry standards and our customer's expectations. Our passion for these seeds is why we started Amkha Seed. Preserving these plants, creating awareness, and fostering an ideology based on sustainability and permaculture is a monumental task that requires a collective effort.
Please join us, and always feel free to contact us with questions or comments.
- Amkha Seed