Our goal is to develop long-term employment for activist-farmers working to make the world a better place by preserving open pollinated and heirloom seeds. We are seeking people with a knack for plant varieties and are committed to preserving the remaining savable seed varieties.
Our opportunities range from intern to apprentice farm manager and farm manager here in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. Our seed farm specializes in variety trials, specialty seed growing, plant breeding and photography for our online store.
New intern growers learn many aspects of seed growing through the season from March/April through September/October. Responsibilities vary day-to-day from planning, propagation, planting, cultivation, selection, harvest and seed cleaning. We have space for one or two interns. It's best to apply during the winter but check in to see if there is an opening.
We require interns to have at least one full year of experience on a working farm and working horticulture knowledge. Professional photography experience is a plus. We ask that you have read The Organic Seed Grower by John Navazio prior to arriving. Also recommended reading Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe. Please buy your books from our store. We ask everyone to be positive, on time, accurate, ask questions when you don't know, work hard, care for the farm and be professional.
We pay full-season interns a monthly stipend plus onsite housing. Interns live independently and cook for themselves. Intern garden plot space is available. Housing may be available during the off-season to individuals we ask to come back for an additional year, expanded employment or farm management. Shower and bath facilities are indoors, kitchen outdoors.
Internship educational opportunities are offered through the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute, 501(C)(3). If offered, interns may take the summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) at a reduced price.
Complete the Restoration Seeds Career Application today.
We are looking to develop long-term relationships with seed growers. We focus on variety trailing and rely on you our seed grower partners. Here are somethings for new seed growers to consider:
- It is difficult to make a living as a small seed grower. You have to have a lot of skill, seed growing experience, dedication and especially organization. It takes years to learn what seed crop groups grow best on your site, the best timing, cultivation and the art of seed cleaning.
- Dedication means focussing on growing seed vs. fresh market. We prefer to work with focused seed growers. Former fresh growers can make excellent seedsman because of their understanding what traits customers prefer. The skills are similar but the seed cycle is different.
- We encourage growers to attend at least once the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) bi-annial conference. Read John Navazio's "The Organic Seed Grower". Join your local seed grower's association. Work with and share equipment with local seed growers.
- Go deep into just one or two crop groups, become an expert on them, test everything about them, grow trials of as many varieties and genetics as possible. Learn how to rogue off-types, learn varieties intimately and experiment with plant breeding.
- High quality seed is most important. Take a few trial years growing seed crops that do well in your region and work with an experienced mentor. Have seed you grow tested for purity and germination. Germination rates over 90 percent indicate high quality and a longer shelf life.
- Become certified organic. Contact your state department of agriculture to inquire about their organic cost share program.
New and experienced seed growers complete our Grower Application to become an approved grower. Tell us about your farm and what seed you grow best.
Restoration Seeds growers complete your Seed Crop Reporting here. New growers please review this form to see what records we will require you to keep.