Baza Seeds Holland has been active in the garden seed market for over 70 years.
In 1947, Grandpa Jacob Bakker established himself as a specialized seed grower on the Westerweg in Heiloo. The company was founded as Bakker's Zaadteelt & Zaadhandel, later “Baza” for short. The sandy soils behind the Kennemerland dune area were ideal for the cultivation of special lettuce varieties. Bakker's corn salad seeds in particular were highly regarded and found their way to many growers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Jacob and Neeltje Bakker had 9 children who were all more or less active in the family business, but the youngest son Cor made his life's work to make Baza a real company. Over the years, the demand for more variety in the seed supply grew and the attention from seed cultivation increasingly shifted to the trade in a wide collection of flower, vegetable and herb seeds.
Because of this larger range, Baza became increasingly known to the hobby gardener. Especially in Dutch supermarkets and DIY stores. The handy and beautifully designed store presentations proved to be a big impulse sale to many retailers every year.
The retailers increasingly appealed to the creativity that appeared to exist in the company. Healthy eating, the demand for BIO seeds and “growing yourself” became an increasingly important theme in the market; all kinds of interesting questions were asked to help us think about green savings campaigns and loyalty programs. In recent years we have created a number of very nice campaigns together with various retailers, often in private label design. In this process, our team has also been strengthened in recent years with a number of very good designers and product developers.
Still as a 100% family business, the company is now active in many European countries, and to a modest extent also beyond. During our search for special seeds and unique cultivation methods, we came across a small factory in India with which we now have an intensive collaboration. We have started a unique sustainability project in the border area with Bangladesh and West Bengal. Used tea bags, which were previously incinerated after processing the harvest, are now collected for Baza and reused. Collectors, or “ragpickers”, receive a fair reward for collecting these materials. Then the collected materials are recycled into a new kind of grow bags; we call them “Baza Ragpots”. On this link you can see a documentary how the recycling process works.
Over the past 3 years, we have collected more than 600,000 50 liter tea bales in the region and processed them into unique Baza “Rag” cultivation bags. Our people work there with great dedication and enthusiasm. With pure craftsmanship, we make new product forms every season, and we contribute to a more beautiful world by reusing packaging materials.