About Us

Snake River Seed Cooperative is a collective of family farmers in the Intermountain West who work together to produce a wide diversity of locally-adapted seeds. We believe that sharing seed saving knowledge with farmers in our region is vital to growing a robust, regional seedshed. Click here to view a full list of our growers. 

Are we certified organic?

Many of our growers are certified organic, but several are too small or don’t own the land they farm, which makes certifying impractical. This means that Snake River Seed Cooperative cannot label our packets as certified organic. Each of our growers has taken a pledge to keep their field or garden free of any synthetic herbicide, pesticide, or fertilizer. We strive to be the best possible stewards of the land under our care. Our seeds are grown in low-input systems that more closely mirror most home gardens. This ensures that the seeds in our packets will perform well in any garden. 

Are our seeds Non-GMO?

We will not sell any genetically modified seeds. We believe genetically modified organisms (GMOs) pose significant threats to our agriculture, culture, and democracy itself and we do not grow or sell GMO seeds.  We have taken the SAFE SEED PLEDGE:

"Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."

Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)

We believe that seeds should remain a part of the public commons and we do not knowingly grow or sell varieties that are patented. However, we believe continued plant breeding is crucial to the progression and adaptation of high-quality organic seeds that can thrive in a changing climate. Therefore, we pay voluntary “royalties” of 10 cents per packet we sell to the plant breeders who spend years creating new varieties and then release them open-source into the world for other farmers like us to grow and save seed from. If a breeder of a variety isn’t specifically mentioned as a royalty beneficiary of a variety, but you know the breeder (or ARE the breeder!) please let us know.

Our Employees

Casey O'Leary
Director
Owner, Earthly Delights Farm
Our co-founder, Casey O'Leary, has been farming for 14 years and saving seeds for 10 years. She is the ring leader of Snake River Seed Co-op! She manages the employees and growers, while also having a major role to play in community education.

 

 

Reiley Ney
Office Manager
Owner, Flowers with Rye Farm
Reiley first began working in agriculture in 2015 by completing the internship program at Earthly Delights Farm. She started working with Snake River Seed Co-op in 2016 as a seed packer, and has continued to take on more tasks throughout the years. She now manages inventory and order fulfillment. 

 

         Colleen Asher
         Accounting Manager

Colleen has been working for Snake River Seed Cooperative as our accounting manager for 2 years. She became interested in agriculture in 2011, when she participated in the Earthly Delights Farm internship program. Colleen loves gardening and stays involved in our seed co-op by growing a few crops in her home garden.  

 

Christina Tierney
Community Programs Manager

Christina started exploring her love of agriculture and farming by volunteering at Morning Owl Farm in 2016. While taking a break from a career in HR to pursue her new passions, she interned at Earthly Delights Farm in 2018 and then quickly began working at Snake River Seed Cooperative. She is currently managing the Seed Savers Club and Community Seeds Donation programs at SRSC. Beyond this, she loves to share the wonderment of seeds and ecology with her two small children.