Contributing Seed Growers

Siskiyou Seeds produces about 60% of our seed from our home farm, Seven Seeds Farm and works with growers both in our local SW Oregon area and slightly farther afield to be able to offer a greater diversity of varieties. Most seed companies conceal the source of their seed, because it is generally coming from one of the giant multi-national seed companies and often produced overseas. We are committed to helping to foster a resilient seed system through having a network of skilled organic seed growers.

SSF: Seven Seeds Farm, Williams, OR                                      Latitude 42.5˚ N

Our biodynamic approach to seed growing aims to develop varieties that are resilient and capable of thriving in low-input, diverse micro-farming conditions. Siskiyou Seeds lives happily at Seven Seeds Farm, where we produce the majority of seed that we sell.   www.sevenseedsfarm.com

ADV: Andrew Still & Sarah Kleager in Sweet Home, OR          Latitude 44.4° N

Andrew & Sarah actually have their own awesome farm based seed company called Adaptive Seeds. They were kind enough to share some Brussels Sprout seed that they grew this year with us. Check them out at www.adaptiveseeds.com

CDF: Chickadee Farm, Talent, OR                                              Latitude 42.5˚ N

Chickadee Farm is a certified organic family farm specializing in high-quality specialty crop seed. Located in Talent, Oregon, Chickadee Farm has been owned and operated by Kelly Gelino and Sebastian Aguilar since 1998. Their farming philosophy focuses on encouraging soil and crop health, improving production efficiency and training a new generation of organic farmers.  www.chickadeefarm.wordpress.com

DCF: Dave Christensen Farm, Big Timber, MT                         Latitude 45.8° N

We are happy to be bringing back Painted Mountain corn right from the source – breeder and grower, Dave Christensen who has been a source of vision and inspiration for many amateur plant breeders with his devotion to this successful project. Read more about it on page 20. 

DBF: Dancing Bear Farm, Williams, OR                                     Latitude 42.5˚ N

Steve Florin & family have been growing certified organic seeds commercially for 14 years for several seed companies. We grow many varieties of open pollinated and heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs for markets and seed to help preserve the diversity of plants that are being lost to large scale agriculture and to bring the flavor, variety, and nutrition to consumers.  www.dancingbearfarm.net

ERP: Eel River Produce, Shively, CA                                       Latitude 40.25˚ N

Seasoned farmer, Bill Reynolds, farms amidst the redwoods on the Eel River in southern Humboldt County, CA. Bill is a produce farmer, seed grower and plant breeder and has co-developed (with John Navazio) Dark Star zucchini. He also works with tomatoes, squash and melons.  

FLA: Flora, Williams, OR                                                             Latitude 42.5˚ N

Stacey Denton grows organic cut flowers and flower seeds, with a focus on producing blooms for weddings and events. She utilizes her familiarity with what's trending in commercial flower farming to both improve the varieties she grows for seed and select cultivars to offer Siskiyou Seeds customers in the catalog.  www.weddingflora.com

HMF: Dan Hobbs & Nanna Meyer, Hobbs and Meyer Farm, Avondale, CO            Latitude 38.15˚ N

(HMF) Hobbs and Meyer Farms grow certified organic vegetables, ancient grains, and open pollinated seeds on 43 acres in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Their mission is to renew and strengthen communities by stewarding the land and guiding the health of seed, food and people. They are selecting their seeds for drought hardiness, flavor and nutrition. www.farmdirectseed.com

HOO: Alan Adesse, Hands on Organics, Eugene, OR                 Latitude 44˚ N

Alan has been producing organic seed for 27 years and shares the delicious Sweet Lorane Fava beans, Pronto beets, rutabaga seed and Alan “Mushroom” Kapuler’s Painted Hills Sweet Corn, and more with all of us.

HBF: Katherine O'Brien Farm, Weed, CA                                 Latitude 41.25˚ N

Katherine is a new farmer who moved back to her homeland in Siskiyou County to take up the challenge of helping to supply her bioregion with high quality organic food. In addition to growing high quality vegetable seed she also grows produce for a local CSA in Siskiyou County which has a great blog at www.homewardbountyfarm.com

KRF: Krista Rome Farm, Everson, WA                                       Latitude 48.9° N

We welcome Krista into our circle of seed producers. She came to a Seed Academy training and had a wealth of experience to offer. She produced a nice crop of Rosa di Milano Onion seed for us. Check out her seed offerings at: www.backyardbeansandgrains.com

LKF: Lupine Knoll Farm, Williams, OR                                   Latitude 42.5˚ N   

Jessie and Jonathan Spero farm on the Williams Creek and are doing tremendous work with developing new open pollinated, high nutrition sweet corn, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, and marigolds. Their forward thinking in plant breeding is resulting in varieties that have many valuable traits for organic growers. www.lupineknollfarm.com 

LRF: L&R Family Farm, Provolt, OR                                           Latitude 42.5˚ N

Liz Tree and Ryan Dolan farm organically in the Applegate River Valley growing market produce and seeds for a variety of commercial catalog companies. Their approach to farming encompasses stewardship of grain crops, cattle, hogs, pasture and vegetables in a cohesive way that upholds good family farming ethics.  

RCF: Raptor Creek Farm, Grants Pass, OR                               Latitude 42.5˚ N

Giffin managed Raptor Creek Farm near Grants Pass which grows food for the Josephine County Food Bank.  We are proud to offer the seeds that he's grown.

NH: Nash Huber, Sequim, WA                                                       Latitude 48˚ N

Nash Huber has been developing organic carrot, kale and cabbage strains based on his 40+ years in the organic fresh market produce world. The team at Nash’s is farming about 600 acres of vegetables, berries, orchard; pigs, poultry, and compost; and the rest is fallow or in hay. www.nashsorganicproduce.com

PRO: Prairie Road Organics, Fullerton, ND                               Latitude 46.1˚ N

Prairie Road Organic Farm has been certified organic since 1977. They have bred and selected vegetable varieties that perform well agronomically in their own organic gardens, are well adapted to northern growing region, AND bring joy to our table!  They are proud to offer seed of the varieties they have been working to breed, improve and secure in the public domain for decades.  www.prairieroadorganic.com

RMF: Ridgeline Meadows Farm, Applegate, OR                       Latitude 42.5˚ N

Andrew Schwartz and his partner Joelle are stewarding a new farm along Thompson Creek one ridge east of Seven Seeds Farm. We are happy to be offering their carefully grown, high quality seeds this season.  

SRN: Seed Revolution Now, Steve Peters, Central CA             Latitude 37˚ N

Seed rEvolution Now produces and promotes the development of high-quality, organic, public domain vegetable seed. The seed is grown in two distinct bioregions of central California – a) a cool coastal site, and b) a much warmer site located 15 miles inland. SrN also works with, and distributes seed for, several excellent organic farmers throughout the western US.   www.seedrevolutionnow.blogspot.com

 

SRF: Strong Roots, Potter Valley, Ca.                                   Latitude:  39.34˚ N

Strong Roots integrates seed growing into its market farming production. Gina manages seed sales through Open Circle Seeds, while Sorren manages field production and produce sales.  The farm is located in Potter Valley Ca., known for its deep fertile soils and abundant water.  Certified Organic by CCOF.  www.opencircleseeds.com

WF: Wandering Fields, Applegate, OR                                       Latitude 42.5˚ N

Ben Yohai and family grow a mixture of vegetables and seeds with his family in the upper Applegate Valley. In addition to contributing produce to the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative CSA, you will find them at the Ashland Tuesday Growers market in summer with stunning vegetables and delicious fermented foods.

WGF: Wolf Gulch Farm, Jacksonville, OR                                 Latitude 42.5˚ N

Tom and Maud Powell farm in a remote canyon in the beautiful Little Applegate River valley. They also coordinate a cooperative Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program called the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative. Their excellent genetic isolation and extensive farming experience make them invaluable growers of high quality organic seed.  www.siskiyoucoop.com

WGS: Wild Garden Seeds, Philomath, OR                                 Latitude 44.3˚ N

Frank and Karen Morton have greatly helped to raise the bar on the quality of organic salad greens seed available over the last 25 years. Frank has bred many unique, disease resistant, nutritious varieties. Further – Frank has become a hero to many independent minded amateur plant breeders looking to re-write the story of regional seed systems. They grow about 8 acres of seed. www.wildgardenseeds.com

WOF: White Oak Farm, Williams, OR                                         Latitude 42.5˚ N

White Oak Farm is a non-profit educational farm and learning center that produces organic fruits, vegetables and seeds in addition to offering classes in natural building and children’s farm discovery programs. Taylor and Sarah Starr currently focalize the impressive efforts of this land trust farm. www.whiteoakfarmcsa.org

 

Grower Code is listed after the variety descriptions (SSF, WGS, etc.)

 

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