Hudson Valley Seed Company

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Customized heirloom seed packets for your wedding fabors by Hudson Valley Seed Company.
Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny in Accord, NY, can per­son­al­ize their heir­loom seed pack­ets for your wed­ding event. (Pho­tos by Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy, Hud­son Val­ley wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers).


Some­times Jor­dan almonds, cus­tomized play­ing cards, and humor­ous shot glass­es are just not enough for a wed­ding event.  For cou­ples who want to give a favor that’s unique and reflects their val­ues, choos­ing the right wed­ding favor can be a chore.   But it does­n’t have to be with the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny whose heir­loom seed pack­ets are beloved by gar­den­ers across the coun­try for what they grow and the art­work they’re pack­aged in.

Based in Accord, in New York’s Ulster Coun­ty, the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny was found­ed in 2004 by for­mer librar­i­an Ken Greene.  Orig­i­nal­ly the com­pa­ny was known as the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Library because it began as a project in the vil­lage of Gar­diner’s library.  Its goal was to spark an inter­est in organ­ic seed col­lect­ing and plant diver­si­ty.  By 2008, the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the project spurred Ken and his part­ner Doug Muller to quit their jobs in order to build their seed library into the enter­prise it is today.


Ken Greene owner of the Hudson Valley Seed Company in Accord, NY by Duetimage Hudson Valley photographers.
Own­er Ken Greene at the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny farm in Accord, NY.


The Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny now sells organ­ic seeds, soil, fer­til­iz­ers, tools, and gar­den­ing sup­plies through its web­site.  But what they are best known for are their Art Pack seeds which are beau­ti­ful­ly packed in col­or­ful art­work from var­i­ous artists through­out the Unit­ed States and abroad.  Each vari­ety of seed gets its own spe­cial pack­ag­ing cre­at­ed by an indi­vid­ual artist whose work is select­ed annu­al­ly from an open call.  The pack­ag­ing art is so pop­u­lar that the orig­i­nals trav­el to art gal­leries across the U.S., and prints can be pur­chased through the seed com­pa­ny’s web­site.

It is these Art Packs that bring cou­ples to the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny to acquire that extra spe­cial favor to give to their guests — one which allows them to take a lit­tle bit of the Hud­son Val­ley back to their home gar­dens, to enjoy long after the last wed­ding toast.


Hudson Valley Seed Company Art Packs make great wedding favors, photographed by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photography.
Each one a work of art! Art Packs have unique designs for each vari­ety of seed, cre­at­ed by indi­vid­ual artists from as far away as the UK.


Some cou­ples are also incor­po­rat­ing the Art Packs into their event decor.  Since the out­er envelopes of seed packs open into a larg­er art­works (see our unbox­ing video below), they can be used in place of num­bers on table­tops.  “Instead of table num­ber sev­en, your seat­ing card would direct you to the oregano table,” explains Ken Greene.



Art Packs can also be sent out along with invi­ta­tions or thank-you cards, and the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny offers a num­ber of die-cut card designs which allow the art works to show through cut outs of birds, but­ter­flies, and plants.


Hudson Valley Seed Company greeting cards photography by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Let the beau­ty shine through: die-cut greet­ing cards can be used to send out your favorite seeds as invi­ta­tions or thank yous.


Cou­ples can pur­chase the art packs in bulk as low as $2.17 per pack, or $2.42 per pack with a cus­tom stick­er, depend­ing on quan­ti­ty.  The stick­ers can be print­ed with a design sup­plied by a client, or with a ready­made design tem­plate.  When order­ing seed packs with cus­tom stick­ers, cou­ples should allow for a 1 week pro­cess­ing time.


Hudson Valley Seed Company heirloom seed packets ready for shipping photographed by Duetimage Photography.
Seeds ready for ship­ping — remem­ber to allow a 1 week lead time for cus­tom stick­ers.


Aside from their beau­ty, the seed packs actu­al­ly are help­ing Moth­er Nature do her job.  “All of our seeds are open-pol­li­nat­ed and are cer­ti­fied organ­ic, non-GMO,” says Ken.  “We are care­ful about spac­ing plants to make sure there is no cross-pol­li­na­tion, which is why we have sev­er­al dif­fer­ent fields in oth­er parts of the region to keep cer­tain plants iso­lat­ed.  Many of our seeds have been giv­en to us by local farm­ers and are hand­ed down from gen­er­a­tions, and haven’t been touched by gene manip­u­la­tion.”


Heirloom seeds at Hudson Valley Seed Company by Duetimage Photography.
Heir­loom beans and kale seeds sun-dry­ing and soon to be ready for pack­ag­ing.


Among the many ben­e­fits of fruits and veg­eta­bles grown from heir­loom seeds are bet­ter taste, rich­er col­ors, and bet­ter ripen­ing times.  And since they are open-pol­li­nat­ed, heir­loom seeds always pro­duce plants that look exact­ly like their par­ents, unlike hybrids which some­times can be unpre­dictable.


Heirloom marigolds from the Kingston NY Senate House being grown at Hudson Valley Seed Company, by Duetimage Photography.
Heir­loom marigolds recent­ly giv­en to the Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny for prop­a­ga­tion by the Kingston’s His­toric Sen­ate House where they have grown for gen­er­a­tions.


So if you love healthy food and plan­et Earth, espe­cial­ly a cor­ner of it known as the Hud­son Val­ley, then check out Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny for that extra spe­cial, local­ly-sourced wed­ding favor which keeps on giv­ing.

Until next time, we’ll be see-ding you!


Hudson Valley Seed Company by Duetimage Photography.


Thinking about Hudson Valley Seed Company favors for your wedding?

Down­load images from this arti­cle and more on our Hud­son Val­ley Seed Com­pa­ny web album made espe­cial­ly for your smart­phone. Use it for ref­er­ence and share with those help­ing you plan.

Additional Information:

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