Do you want to get more involved with your source of sustenance - with a little help from your friends? In 2017, Siskiyou Seeds began to offer a Seed CSA program inspired by seedkeeper, Rowen White, who had a similar program at Sierra Seeds years ago. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” and was introduced by Booker T. Whatley, a Black horticulturist and agricultural professor at Tuskegee University in Alabama in the 1960’s (Modern Farmer).
Siskiyou Seeds is practicing ways to build a deeper sense of community around seeds. At the core, the Seed CSA is striving for that. It has evolved to embody our effort to de-commodify seed, which we strongly believe is a resource that belongs in the commons (like air, or water). Seeds, however, while in many ways grow themselves, they can benefit from a helping hand.
In the spirit of seed stewardship, we invite you to join our Seed CSA program. Membership opens each year on November 1st and remains open while supplies last until January 31. We have 4 different options to suit garden size, ambition and interest. If you are wanting to include plants that offer beauty and support pollinators we have a Flowers CSA that can be added to any of the 3 garden CSA’s or enrolled in independently.
Perks of the Seed CSA include receiving seeds that are seasonally appropriate. You will receive successional seeds to plant, helping you to stay in a continuous supply of crops like lettuce and carrots. We have received feedback that the CSA extends gardening seasons as we send seeds in time to get fall food planted. You can expect to receive reserve limited quantity varieties that we are researching on our home farm to share with this small circle. Additionally, each shipment includes growing tips to help you on your garden journey.
We love hearing from you and seeing pictures of your gardens and standouts. We welcome your feedback, as it helps us to continue to offer a thoughtful selection to support your success.