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About Us

Our Mission:

To provide beautiful, useful, plastic-free tools that make gardening easier. From promoting all things botanical, to responsible manufacturing and eco packaging, we are green to the core.

We Are:

Ceramics makers, gardeners, artists, chemists, engineers, cooks, parents, children, friends, humans, earthlings.

 All Orta Seed Pots are handmade in California with our non-toxic and energy efficient processes, by a team of six friendly people.  We make the very best terracotta seed pots in the world. (We’re also the only ones who do it – we invented the product and the process.)

Drop us a line and say hello.  We love to hear from you!

We Believe:

Whether it's a windowsill or an acre, your garden should be a place you love, that gives you peace and joy, and connects you to nature every day.  Our tools make gardening less of a chore, more of a pleasure.

Gardening tools and supplies should be good for the earth, good for the life in your garden, and good for you. Everything we make and sell is guaranteed to be plastic-free and toxin-free, and is made to last a lifetime, or to compost completely.


 "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -William Morris

Our History

Founded in 2011 with the mission to help everyone grow their own, Orta today is a small business handcrafting seed pots in Oakland CA, and working on other ways to reduce plastic and make gardening more beautiful. (New products coming in Summer 2018!)

Orta comes from the Italian word for kitchen garden. A traditional kitchen garden is a source of herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers for your family and friends: The perfect balance of beauty and function.

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