Although we are blessed with abundant summer sun here in the “banana belt of southern Oregon”, the Siskiyous can be a challenging place to garden with our winter rainforest/summer desert climate of harsh extremes. The varieties that we offer in this catalog have proven themselves through years of homesteading…filling countless harvest baskets and serving as the foundation for many nourishing meals.
Back in the winter of 1996 the idea of Seven Seeds Farm was birthed on the north slope of Sugarloaf Mountain - a wild northern spur of the rugged Siskiyou Crest that straddles the Oregon / California border. The dream was to inspire others to honor water, soil, food, animals, nature and each other by doing just that. Since then we’ve always been rooted deeply in the fertile soil of a, “show me, don’t tell me” ethos. Farming as a means to the ends of living simply on the land, grateful for being connected to the sources of sustenance, surplus as an outgrowth of tending the land and a farm business as a vehicle to sharing it. 21 years later, we are still at it on the same mountainside, alongside the same delicious spring fed creek, still saving seeds and marveling at nature’s compelling beauty.
For many years we produced large quantities of 40+ organic vegetable and flower seed varieties per year for many different national-scale seed companies. Then in 2009, after a number of years beginning to dabble in plant breeding and varietal improvement work we were ready to hang our own shingle and thus Siskiyou Seeds was born. Since then we have gone from growing all of the seed ourselves on 3-4 different fields scattered around our valley to producing about half the seed ourselves and working with other skillful organic seed growers throughout the Cascadia bioregion to create a diverse offering. We are located at 2,000’ elevation, 42.5° North Latitude. Our average frost-free season is from June 1st until October 15th. We are USDA Zone 7 site. You can learn more about our growers in the subsequent section highlighting them and their farms on page Here
In addition to growing seeds we also have about 700 fruit and nut trees that we distribute the surplus of at a local farmers market and a cooperative Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program called the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative (www.siskiyoucoop.com). Considering that we try to honor Biodynamic-farming practices we raise a variety of animals to fulfill the fertility needs of our farm including sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys, pigs and more. We also train young people in Regenerative agriculture, permaculture, biodynamics and whole systems theory with apprenticeships and on-farm workshops.
Learn more about our farm at www.sevenseedsfarm.com
“I have great faith in a seed.” Henry David Thoreau