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Building a self-sufficient, prepared homestead begins with food security. How can seed vaults or seed kits be part of your homesteading and preparedness plans?
Recently, an opportunity fell into our laps to try out a survival seed kit from Heaven’s Harvest. We know we want to grow our own food on our land one day, so when the opportunity to obtain non-hybrid, open pollinated, non-GMO, heirloom vegetable seeds came to us, we jumped on it.
One of our self-sufficiency goals is to grow as much of our own food as we can. We’ll be able to plant on our land once things settle down with our home building project, but in the meantime we’re going to put together as much of a container garden as possible. This seed kit will definitely help us get started, but what about you? Are you working towards your own food security, and are seed kits right for you? The purpose of this review is to share our findings with you so that you can make an informed decision for you and your family. A seed vault or seed kit may not be the best choice for everyone, but it may be the perfect option for others. Keep reading to determine if it’s right for you.
About Heaven’s Harvest Seed Kits
According to their website (www.heavensharvest.com), the Heaven’s Harvest Seed Kit:
“Contains 38 different varieties of hand-selected non-hybrid, non-gmo, vegetable seeds. With up to a 10 year shelf life, these seeds will be the ultimate tool in your preparedness kit. You cannot stock enough emergency food to last a lifetime. Don’t get caught standing in the soup line when your food supply runs out. This kit was designed to be the “final tool” in your emergency survival kit. No matter the amount of food you have stored away, it will eventually run out, then where will you turn? The best and only answer is to be able to grow your own. Whether you have a patio or a pasture, anything you can add to your daily meal plan will extend your survival time. All 38 varieties of seed have been hand-selected and packaged in its own mylar foil bag. With proper storage this kit will last up to 10 years. Each kit contains enough seed to plant 10 acres of healthy, nutritious food.”
They offer two versions:
The Seed Bucket costs $249 normally, but is $199 if you purchase through this link
(use offer code: hippies)
The Seed Kit costs $259 normally, but is $209 if you purchase through this link
(use offer code: hippies)
I got the seed bucket and it came to me just like this:
How To Use A Seed Kit
There are two basic ways to use a seed kit/vault. One is to plant the seed as soon as you get it. The other is to save it as a “prep”, or preparedness tool.
For us, it makes sense to start using it right away but to use it gradually. We have experience growing our own food but we aren’t expert gardeners and have much to learn. For those who lack a “green thumb” it makes sense to hone in on those skills BEFORE an emergency. After all, seeds do you no good if you do not know how to grow them. This is probably the number one issue I read from other people when I was reviewing seed kits. This is part of the reason Heaven’s Harvest includes so many seeds in their kits though. They advocate for you to sharpen your gardening skills over time, and with 130,000 seeds at the ready you have room for failure as you learn to grow.
The company is family owned, and the help I received was personal and sincere. If I had questions they were always super fast to respond by email or by phone. My package arrived in two days and in perfect condition, but they are quick to remedy the issue if yours comes in poor shape.
I told Meredith at Heaven’s Harvest about our current homesteading needs and how we’re still in limbo between being at our property and living in a condo, so she made recommendations about container gardening. They market the seeds as being able to plant acres and acres, but acknowledge that you have to work with what you have. Because the seed packets are resealable we can plant a little at a time and hone our growing skills without sacrificing the other seeds.
At first when I checked out their website, I’ll be honest: my first thought was, “Wow, that seems expensive.”
The seed kit we received sells for $249, and the version in a weather-proof polycarbonate case sells for $259 (without discounts).
If you’re anything like me, you hunt for the best bargains. You work hard for your money and don’t want to part with it.
But then I started really seed shopping. I looked at every shop I could find online that sells similar heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds and looked up how much it would cost to buy the same amount of the same varieties of seeds to put my own kit together. I wanted to compare seeds as close to identical as possible, not just the packs of seeds I can get down at the big box stores.
Apples to apples, I couldn’t do it any cheaper.
Value for the Money
I started looking at similar companies who sell seed kits. Typically, these are marketed towards those interested in survival, prepping, and homesteading. I found a few, and at first they seemed like better deals…at least, until I ran the math.
With the less expensive kits it LOOKED like you were getting more varieties of vegetables, but in each case you got fewer seeds to work with and paid more per seed. I even found several kits on Amazon for $20-40 that offered 30 or 40 varieties. And then I saw that they only contained 1/10th of the seeds the Heaven’s Harvest kit contains. To get the same amount of seeds with similar varieties it would have cost anywhere from $300-400+.
This isn’t to say you should compare solely on the cost per seed, as not all seeds are created equal. You can get a million lettuce seeds but if there are only a few seeds for staples like carrots, peas, or corn then the kit is not an asset for nutrition in a survival situation. The Heaven’t Harvest kit seems to have a fair balance of nutrient and calorie dense vegetables. I could have stood a few more beans and root vegetables in exchange for fewer lettuce seeds, but even still it’s a good deal.
The basic version of the seed kit comes in a durable five gallon plastic bucket. Not only can I store my seed pouches in there neatly, but I’ll be able to repurpose the bucket for any number of items. It wasn’t a flimsy bucket either — we had to really work to hard to get the pull-tab open on the lid!
If you spring for the kit with the polycarbonate case, you’ll have a vessel that is truly weather/water/vermin tight. I’m sure you can think of lots of things beyond your seeds to store in something like that.
If you order, don’t forget to use promo code ‘hippies’ at checkout for $50 off.
Downsides of a Seed Kit
Of course, there are always drawbacks to purchasing a seed kit from any company. The first is that it is a lot of money up front. As a beginner or as someone who only wants to grow a small garden, it would be more practical to buy individual packets of seeds from a seed company. That way you can have complete and total control over what you grow.
BUT the kit is an awesome value if you’re buying the types of seeds in this kit in a large quantity. If I’d tried to buy similar quantities of these same seeds I would have paid more than the cost of the kit, and they wouldn’t necessarily have come in resealable foil bags.
The other disadvantage is that the types and quantities of seeds are fixed. This is mostly to keep the cost down for the consumer, but at least the varieties in the kit will work for a wide range of growing zones. If you want drastically different veggies than what is included in the kit you’re obviously better off buying seeds another way.
The Heaven’s Harvest Seed Kits are a valuable tool for any homesteader or prepared person. For those building a homestead, prepping, actively gardening and looking for additional food security, this kit is a great value.
If you’ve looked at other seed kits or vaults and are having a hard time choosing, know that the $50 discount you can get through my referral link puts the price in line or ahead of several the other major seed kit companies. Remember to use the code ‘hippies’ at checkout.
Evaluate your options and make the best choice for you and your family. If you buy from Heaven’s Harvest you know you’re supporting a small, family-owned business while getting a good product.
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