Forty years ago there were dozens of public plant breeders working on developing grains, vegetables, and other agricultural crops suited to the needs of regional farmers. For example, every region in the US had a land grant university with a breeder spending time on sweet corn breeding. Today, there are only two – one in Wisconsin and one in Hawaii. The result? Fewer regionally adapted varieties being released to farmers and gardeners, and an organic community that is seriously underserved. — Seed Matters, Clif Bar Family Foundation.
Restoration Seeds is working hard to support the next generation or organic seed growers, plant breeders, researchers, entrepreneurs and seed policy leaders.
Our goal is to develop long-term employment for activist-farmers working to make the world a better place by preserving open pollinated and heritage seeds. We are seeking seedsmen and woman with a knack for plant varieties and are committed to preserving the remaining savable seeds and breeding new varieties. We are small family scale farm with a bit of a community atmosphere.
Current Job Openings:
Experienced Seed Farm Staff or Farm Manager
Duties include coordinate with fulfillment manager and owner to create the annual growing strategy and schedule. Manage field prep, sowing, growing, cultivation, photography, variety trials, seed saving, cleaning, and fall sowing or field prep. Maintain equipment. Plant breeding work includes cleaning up and maintain varieties we choose to adopt on the farm and to possibly breed new varieties given time, experience and marketability. Farm manager duties include working more independently, annual growing schedule and economic planning, variety selection, budgeting and adding staff as the company grows.
We are seeking an experienced seed farm manager or farm staff person to grow into a manager position. The owner and farm manager is retiring form that role after 10 years and we are seeking someone to fill this unique opportunity to step into an heirloom seed farm and online retail business. Seed production skills are more important than vegetable growing skills. If you have strong experience growing vegetables we will consider your application. One to three plus years experience growing organic open pollinated varieties for seed is required. An agronomy degree is a plus but not required.
Works well independently and with other in high level planning. This is an opportunity to join a small established seed company to grow with it. This is an opportunity for someone who loves working with seeds but not large companies.
Private onsite housing for an individual or couple for manager position and for an individual farm staff person. Monthly stipend varies depending on experience.
Join our small team. Online Career Application.
Educational opportunities are offered through the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute, 501(C)(3). If offered, volunteers may take the summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) at a reduced price.
About Restoration Seeds Farm
We are located near Ashland, Oregon, just five or six hours from both San Fransisco and Portland. The Rogue Valley is home to many small organic farmers and pear orchards. In 2014, Jackson and Josephine county voters made our counties GMO Free.
Our seed farm specializes in variety trials, specialty seed growing, plant breeding and photography for our online store.
We are a 10 acre urban permaculture farm and have taught the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course since 2010. The farm has deep black clay loam soil, gravity irrigation and has good isolation, Deere tractor with spader. We have shade and hot greenhouses.
In addition to onsite housing we also have a shared commercial kitchen facility with ADA bath.
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Join our small team. Complete the Restoration Seeds Career Application today.