We are always looking to develop long-term relationships with seed growers, especially small family farmers. While we focus on variety trailing and plant breeding, we rely on you our grower partners to multiply seed.
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.
Here are some thoughts for new seed growers:
- 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.
If you are a skilled seedsman or woman, we look forward to working with you, good growing!