A Restoration Seeds internship is an excellent way to gain diverse organic seed industry experience. Our interns learn about many aspects of seed growing throughout the season from March or April through October. Responsibilities vary from day-to-day seasonally from planning, propagation, planting, cultivation, harvest, cleaning and order fulfillment. We have space for one or two interns per year.
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 bring John Navazio's book The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production and study it during your internship. We ask everyone to be positive, on time, accurate, ask questions when you don't know, work hard and be professional.
We pay full-season interns a small monthly stipend plus housing. Interns live independently and cook for themselves. There is limited farm produce available from time to time. We offer onsite housing. Shower and bath facilities are indoors.
This educational opportunity is offered through the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute, 501(C)(3). Interns may also take the summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) at a reduced price.
Complete our Internship Application.
New Seed Growers
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 growers complete our Grower Application to become an approved grower. Tell us about your farm and what seed you prefer to grow.
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.
Join Our Team
We are seeking inspired, talented people who want to become professional seedsmen and women and grow into working full-time at Restoration Seeds. After a full season, we hope that an intern is capable is working independently and becoming a long-term valued Restoration Seeds employee. We prefer to hire from within and promote dedicated interns to paid positions.