How to Make A Side Income Selling Seeds: An Interview With Jere Gettle

If you enjoy gardening and you’re looking to make extra income, selling seeds might just be the side business for you. Here’s what it takes to succeed.

Want to know how to make a little extra money selling seeds?

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Multiple small-income streams is the key to financial resilienceand your backyard garden could provide more than just great nutrition and food. Just ask Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. (Or, watch me ask him in the interview below! 😉

In it, we discuss:

  • How much money could you really make by selling seeds?
  • What is the most challenging part of the business?
  • Which crops are easiest to grow?
  • Which seeds are wholesalers always looking for?

After you watch, be sure to check out Jere’s website at http://www.rareseeds.com.


This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on October 1, 2013.

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This post was written by Marjory Wildcraft


  • Dave Duggan says:

    I love getting your interviews etc. One thing you should keep in mind. Some of us out here are really learning from scratch. No one ever showed me gardening. So you might want to explain the steps from the beginning for things. I’ve heard the term going to seed, do you have to wait to a certain point before you collect seeds from different veggies.
    Thank you for all you do…

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Dave, and yes, I will start focusing on more basics.

      and I hope this inspires you that there is more than just great food to be had out of a backyard.

    2. Dave says:

      Dave I can answer some questions. Drop me a question if U like.
      This is Rats in E.TN. What state R U in?

  • Beth Bray says:

    We just visited Baker Creek last month. It’s a great family field trip–especially during their festivals.

  • Leslie Parsons says:

    Baker Creek is my favorite seed company. There are others I order from, but the Gettles occupy a special place in my heart. There catalog is the perfect companion, for a cozy evening spent dreaming of what you will plant next. This company offers seed that is literally unavailable elsewhere.

    This year I decided I was tired of the squash vine borer killing my healthy squash, just as they were about to really produce. So, after doing some research, I found 6 varieties of Curcubita moschata. This species is considered resistant. I planted all six, in my garden and gave 4″ starts to 3 of my friends at work. Well, right now my garden has been overtaken by monster squash plants, and we are talking about the hellish days of July, August and September in Central Texas!

    One of them appears to be the early winner. It is vigorous enough to harvest as Summer squash, and still have plenty of Winter keepers, as well. All were attacked by the borer, but did not fail and continued to produce with no apparent problem. Three of the six are unusual varities I was able to find ONLY from the good folks at Baker Creek. If you place an online order they will send you their truly dreamy catalog. Enjoy!

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Thanks so much for that Leslie. I haven’t had a chance to try out those varieties of squash. I’ve been so lucky not to have the vine borers as a problem (yet), but I sure do hear about it. Is on of the varieties called Tatuma?

  • This is my favorite seed store also, I tell everyone about them! Great interview, happy shopping

  • T. Michael Smith says:

    Leslie that’s awesome that you have found a way through. There isn’t any type of squash I don’t like, and I like pumpkin soup too. Lol all these things were gross to me 40 years ago. Now its the first thing I look for own a menu when I go out to dinner and in the top 5 veggies ate at my home. Brussels Sprouts, Squash, Peas any kind, Greens anything but Iceburg, Cucumber, and Tomatoes. And ohh how I love them. I get Bakers Catalog but have not tried them yet. Sustainable Seed and Patriot seed, got me hook line and sinker. However, I may expand my squash to include the ones who can survive better. Thanks for sharing that.

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