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 produce and vegetable seed grown using organic and biodynamic methods. Located in Talent, Oregon, Chickadee Farm is owned and managed by Kelly Gelino and Sebastian Aguilar since 1997. Produce is available through their CSA program and at local retailers. 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. www.seedweneed.com
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 herbs in a big homestead garden and also helped to create the Woodland Charter School, a Waldorf-inspired elementary school. We are grateful for her insight and guidance into what captivates our eye in terms of beauty, color and texture as far as flowers go. Hooray for beauty! www.weddingflora.com
HFF: Dan Hobbs, Hobbs Family Farm, Avondale, CO Latitude 38.15˚ N
They grow certified organic garlic; open pollinated seeds, fresh vegetables, grains, cover crops and hay in a six-year rotation. This rotation, along with the aridity, keeps disease and pest pressure to a minimum and yields premium quality food, seed and forage. 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. www.organicgarlicseed.com
RCF: Raptor Creek Farm, Grants Pass, OR Latitude 42.5˚ N
Giffin is a new seed grower for us and we are proud to offer seeds that he has grown. He now manages Raptor Creek Farm near Grants Pass that grows food for the Josephine County Food Bank.
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. A primary focus of our farm is to feed ourselves and to eat well. We have bred and selected vegetable varieties that perform well agronomically in our own organic gardens, are well adapted to our northern growing region, AND bring joy to our table! Yes, our varieties need to perform, but as Dan’s brother, David, so aptly states, “They also need to be beautiful and delicious.”All of our seed is grown on our farm near Fullerton, ND, which has been certified organic since 1977. We began producing certified organic vegetable seed for organic seed companies in 1997. We are proud to offer seed of the varieties we have been working to breed, improve and secure in the public domain for decades... www.prairieroadorganic.co
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. We are happy to be offering their carefully grown, high quality seeds this season.
SRN: Seed Revolution Now, Steve Peters, Central CA Latitude 37.5˚ N
Steve works with excellent organic seed growers such as Bill Reynolds, Nash Huber, Alan Adesse and more to source true workhorse varieties that can thrive under organic growing conditions. He is a fine seed grower himself too! 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.)