Orta Kitchen Garden makes self-watering terracotta seed starting and microgreen planters in Berkeley CA. Green to the core, our mission is to encourage people to connect to the natural world through gardening, and to make our manufacturing as eco-friendly as possible.

Orta pots are slip-cast from terracotta clay that we blend in-house to ensure it’s toxin-free. They’re fired only once to low temperatures to save half the energy of typical terracotta production. Our glazes are lead-free, non-toxic, and custom formulated to enable our once-fire process. We ship all our products in 100% paper packaging (including all shipping packaging) that can be recycled or composted to give customers a zero-waste experience.

We blog about gardening and how to grow abundantly in an environmentally friendly way, from seed-starting to composting to choosing an irrigation method. Our weekly newsletter keeps followers updated on gardening and company news.