We Are Here for a Purpose
We are only here for a short time, yet our lifestyle makes a lasting impact. Can we leave our home better than we found it through our daily work? As a retired big wall rock and ice climber, having lived off-the-grid high in the Mountains of Telluride, Colorado I have a deep appreciation for how brief life is and how deeply one can love the whole of creation.
Our Reason for Being — Join the Chorus
We are proud to have joined others in adopting Patagonia's mission statement:
Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
Restoration Seeds grew out of a small group of Southern Oregon farmers who grow seeds for farmers and gardeners. Open Pollinated (OP) seeds remain at the heart of a company that now ships to all 50 states and around the world. We recognized that because only OP seeds can be saved and grown true to type, they are the cornerstone of our food security and sovereignty.
We know modern farming takes habitat from other species. So let's give back by putting diverse family farms to the front of the line to supply seeds for you. Some of us are part of the new breed of permaculture farmers, making a living by restoring diversity. Behind me is an Old Timey Blue collard seed plot sown next to a middle aged food forest.
For us at Restoration Seeds, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We love trees and do not print a paper catalog, instead investing in the best online experience possible for our customers. Based in the Pacific Northwest, we want to keep the forests standing.
Our core value is to enhance the opportunity for all of our relations. Our goal is to use business to inspire and implement environmental solutions.
We strive to put diverse seeds in the hands of as many people as possibly to be grown out and saved for generations. What good are seeds if they cannot be saved?
As stewards of the land we have the duty to leave the soil healthier and more alive, and the water cleaner than we found it. We have the duty to restore natural landscapes and give back much of what we have taken so that all of our relations may live on as well. And we have a duty to pass the seeds given to us by nature and our ancestors to the next generation.
Man belongs to the earth. Earth does not belong to man.
— Daniel Quinn, Ishmael.
Learn more about sustainability, take our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.
– Chuck Burr, founder Restoration Seeds