INSIDE PASSAGE is a specialty seed service featuring the native and naturalized flora of the coastal Cascadian Bioregion. The Inside Passage is the name given to protected interior-coastal waterways between Washington's Puget Sound and Alaska's Icy Strait (Glacier Bay). The purpose of INSIDE PASSAGE is to provide a generous selection of seed-bearing species that are found along the Inside Passage and its tributaries, together with literature, skills and services that foster appreciation for the wise use of those species.
FOREST SHOMER began saving seeds in 1969, and has been a full-time independent professional seedman since 1973. He founded and directed the nonprofit Abundant Life Seed Foundation, producing and distributing up to 600 types of seeds of open-pollinated vegetables, herbs and flowers, along with Northwest native species. Since 1992, he has owned and operated Inside Passage Seeds, listing 200 seeds of NW native tree, shrub, wildflower and grass species of the coastal Northwest from SE Alaska to northern California. Beginning in 1974, he has regularly given workshops on seed-saving and related issues of genetic diversity, more than 200 presentations in all. He gave the keynote address for the 2012 Northwest Permaculture Convergence at Fort Flagler, as well as for the Regenerations Seed and Plant Exchange (Kilauea, Kauai). More recently he has participated in and facilitated programs for the Hawaii Public Seed Initiative.