We are always looking to develop long-term relationships with seed growers, especially small family farmers. Please reach out to us if you're interested in growing seeds with us. Contact email@example.com, or 541-535-3532 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!
Here are some thoughts for new seed growers:
- Dedication: focusing on growing seed vs. fresh market. We prefer to work with focused seed growers. Former fresh growers can make excellent seeds-people because of their understanding for 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-annual 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.
If you are a skilled seedsman or woman, we look forward to working with you, good growing!