Meet Our Growers

 

 We work with 30 small-scale, family farms to steward over 300 varieties of seeds. With each generation of planting, selecting, and saving, our seeds are becoming more adapted to our unique place on earth.

 

Casey O’Leary, Earthly Delights Farm

Casey O’Leary is a “seed freak” who runs Earthly Delights Farm in Boise, Idaho and is also the founder/operator of Snake River Seed Cooperative. Earthly Delights is a human-powered farm on a shared urban farm in northwest Boise specializing in locally-adapted seeds. Earthly Delights offers an 18-week CSA veggie subscription service, as well as gardening classes and a season-long, curriculum-based internship program for those interested in learning about urban farming and seed saving.

 

Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farm

Janie Burns has been active in providing local food for local people since 1989 when she started selling organic vegetables at Boise’s first downtown farmers’ market. She is a charter vendor of the new Boise Farmers Market where she sells grass-fed lamb and pastured poultry raised on her 16-acre Meadowlark Farm south of Nampa. Over the past 23 years, she has raised a wide variety of crops and sold to restaurants, CSAs and to retail stores. Janie is presently the chair of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, an organization promoting a vibrant local food economy and ending the “tyranny of the tasteless tomato”.  Janie shares her excellent seed stock of Floriani Flint corn with us!


 

Kelly Kingsland & Russell Poe, Affinity Farm


Established in 2002 on the northern edge of Moscow, Idaho, Affinity Farm is Certified Naturally Green (CNG) since 2007 and they adhere to organic farming practices.  They operate a CSA, sell veggies at the Moscow Farmers Market, supply to local restaurants, and sell wholesale to the Moscow Food Coop. They are excited about the new endeavor of growing seeds for Snake River! This year they grew Black Cherry, Moscow, Latah, Snow White Cherry, and Sungold Tomatoes; Black Beauty, Cocozelle, Costata Romanesca, & Dark Star Zucchinis; and Yellow Crookneck Squash for SRSC.

 

Diane Jones, Draggin' Wing High Desert Nursery

A self-proclaimed “plant nut”, Diane is the owner/operator of Draggin’ Wing High Desert Nursery which produces a wide array of Idaho native and locally adapted water-thrifty plants for landscaping. Her nursery and seed saving garden are both located in Boise, Idaho. Most plants are hardy perennials, along with a handful of colorful native annuals. She focuses on low-maintenance, low-water, pollinator-friendly landscape plants.

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Brookman, Seedster

Helen is a Master Gardener and a longtime seed saver in Boise, Idaho. She is an avid backyard gardener, some seasons growing in her own yard, her elderly neighbor’s, and two different community garden plots. Though small in scale, her impact on the co-op is huge. As a librarian, Helen has a penchant for researching rare varieties and then trialing them in one of her gardens. When she thinks something is promising, she’ll share it with us in the co-op. Over the years, Helen has grown a HUGE range of crops for us, from her Canyon County Fair Grand Prize-winning: Tuxana Sweet corn (pictured in the photo above) to Cocozelle Zucchini, Marketmore Cucumbers, zinnias, tons of flowers and tomatoes, and so much more! She routinely offers seed saving classes through the public library system and through the Master Gardeners.

 

James Young and Guy Banner, Grand Prismatic Seed

James Young and Guy Banner are the co-owners and farmers of Grand Prismatic Seed, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are committed to growing high quality open pollinated seeds that can withstand the stresses associated with high desert crop production. Over time they expect to release new vegetable varieties adapted to the Intermountain West. James has a passion for growing plants/seeds used for natural dyeing. He learned his seedy ways from Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon. Guy has an affinity for medicinal herbs and plants native to the Great Basin, Intermountain West, and Colorado Plateau. His background includes ethnobotany, habitat restoration, agroecology, native seed production, and ornamental gardening.

 

Dan Meyer, Tim McKinley, & Claire Opperman, Morning Owl Farm

Morning Owl Farm is a sustainable and natural produce farm eight miles from the heart of Idaho’s capitol city. Established in 2004 and overlooking the Boise River on Hammer Flat, they incorporate the best practices in sustainable agriculture to provide CSA subscriptions and produce for local restaurants and other wholesale outlets. They do not use any synthetic sprays, fertilizers, chemicals or any genetically modified seeds or plant starts. Dan, Claire, and Tim grow Glass Gem Corn, Gold Medal & Black Cherry Tomatoes, Black Beauty Eggplant, Rainbow Lacinato Kale, and Thai Basil for seed.

 

Idaho Botanical Garden


The Idaho Botanical Garden, one of the first and oldest botanical gardens in Idaho, is a lush 15-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. Nestled in the Boise Foothills, it is a sanctuary in the heart of the Old Penitentiary Historic District. The Garden promotes horticulture in the Treasure Valley using native and domestic plants adapted to the intermountain region. Today the Idaho Botanical Garden has blossomed into fourteen specialty gardens, each with a unique focus; including a Vegetable Garden where we happily grow seeds for Snake River Seed Coop to improve our local seed shed!The Mission of the Idaho Botanical Garden is to provide a full garden experience for all ages that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, our education programs, and our entertainment, cultural and community events.

 

The Sommer Family, Purple Sage Farm

Purple Sage Farms is a family owned and operated organic farm, one of the oldest food-producing farms in the Treasure Valley, they grow fresh herbs, greens, and specialty produce in greenhouses. Started in 1988 in Middleton, Idaho by Tim and Tamara to return to their farming roots and raise their kids on the land, they grow fresh herbs, greens, and specialty produce in greenhouses. Now those “kids”, Mike, Arlie & Kelby – the next generation – have taken over!

They are trailblazers in organic growing practices and helped to establish Idaho’s state organic certification. They are dedicated to contributing seed to Snake River Seed Cooperative because they believe that a huge part of being sustainable is being self-reliant by growing your own seed, or growing seed for your local community which keeps genes and dollars here where they can do the most good.

They grow seed for our Culinary Sage, Bloomsdale Spinach, Lemon Balm, Cilantro, Visnaga, Siberian Kale, Rue, Cress, Bronze Fennel, Dragon Carrot, Goldenrod, & Chrysanthemum crops!

 

Anaka Mines, Twisp River Seed

Twisp River Seed is a 1 acre farm that has been producing vegetable, herb, and flower seed since 2013. Located 3 miles up Twisp River from the tiny town of Twisp, Washington, all seed produced at Twisp River Seed is sold wholesale to seed retailers around the region and the country. They specialize in seed crops that thrive in the semi-arid inland Northwest, but also like to experiment with a diverse cropping system while also maintaining a few plant breeding projects on the side.

This year Anaka grew a wide variety of crops for SRSC: Bee Balm, Yellowstone & Scarlet Nantes Carrots, Fava Beans, Butterfly Milkweed, California Mix & Hungarian Blue Poppies, Misato Rose Radish, Culinary Sage, Soybean, & Costata Romanesco Zucchini.

 

 Lori Bevan, Field Goods Farm


Lori Bevan operates a small-scale urban farm in southeast Boise: Field Goods Farm. Healthy, feel-good (field-good) nourishment and soil comes from cover cropping, local compost and LOVE. No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides EVER. Along with her farmdog Poppy the chug (pug+chihuahua), they are dedicated to growing delicious, high-quality vegetables, herbs and fruit while improving the soil & environment. For seed production, she grows Peppers, Armenian Cucumbers, Dwarf Scotch Blue Curled Kale, Ruby Streaks Mustard, Cosmos, Black & Brown-Eyed Susans, Wild West Sunflowers, and a smattering of other flowers. She also introduced a rare variety of pink lady radish to our SRSC offerings.

 

 

James Loomis, The Green Team Farm

The Green Team Farm is a 1.5 acre urban farm working to simultaneously revitalize a blighted block of Salt Lake City, Utah while also serving as a job training and rehabilitation program for 8 women currently facing homelessness. The farm is also working to demonstrate a progressive approach to small-scale agriculture, permaculture, and renewable energy systems. Their seed crops include Mammoth Basil, Marketmore Cucumber, Tuxana Sweet Corn, Dill, Psyche White Cosmos, Holy Basil, Green Nutmeg Melon, Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin, and Isis Cherry Tomato.

 

 

James and Leslee Reed, Onsen Farm

Onsen, which means “healing hot springs” in Japanese has the good fortune to have a unique resource of 130 degree geothermal artesian water which enables them to grow produce all winter in 5 high tunnel greenhouses in Buhl, Idaho. They have a winter CSA, sell online through Idaho’s Bounty, and supply produce to restaurants and boutique grocers, all while growing seeds for SRSC. They grow organically in the soil and with aquaponics. Onsen Farm‘s mission/vision is to create a model of a permaculture based way of living by using sustainable and ethical practices in raising healthy food for vibrant people. Onsen grows Waltham Butternut Squash, Cocozelle Zucchini, and Nasturtium seeds for SRSC!

 

John Caccia

SRSC has the distinct pleasure of working with John “JC” Caccia in a number of ways. He grows a couple of seed crops for the Co-op, including the rare Smooth German Kale, which is an annual kale, superb for seed saving in places where it’s difficult to get kale to overwinter (It is normally a biennial and must go through a winter to set seed). John’s work in the seed movement extends far beyond his seed gardening, where he specializes in garlic adapted to the Wood River Valley. John also coordinates the Wood River Seed Library in Ketchum, and works with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, which is our seedy bioregional umbrella organization. Those guys do such great work all over the mountain West networking, educating, and connecting seed stewards (including SRSC!). John has worked with them since their inception. John is also a talented silversmith, and his Mountain Angels jewelry includes some beautiful seed beads!

 

Reiley Ney, Flowers With Rye


Flowers with Rye grows cut flowers and flowers for seed in Boise, Idaho. One of the main values of the farm is sustainability, which is often disregarded in the flower seed industry. Reiley Ney, the woman behind the farm, believes that local flowers and local seeds are just as important as local food. Her favorite part about growing flowers for seed is watching them develop throughout the multiple phases of their life cycle. 

 

 

Marty Camberlango & Katie Painter, City Gardens


 

Marty and Katie save seeds from their home garden in Garden City, Idaho and farm in Boise, Idaho. Their crops include Towering Beauty Amaranth, Shungiku Edible Chrysanthemum, Crackerjack Marigold, and Purple Orach. 

 

 

 

 

Fiddlers Green Farm

Fiddler’s Green Farm is a small, diverse, Certified Organic farm located in the Dry Creek Valley just outside of Boise, Idaho. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and cut flowers for Boise's markets. They believe in building community through people’s connection with food. You can find their products at The Boise Farmers Market, the Boise Co-op, and many Boise restaurants and flower shops.

 

 

 

 

Joseph Lofthouse, Lofthouse Landrace Seeds

Joseph Lofthouse farms in Paradise, Utah. Along with beekeeping and growing produce for the farmer's market, he is also a seedsman of the highest caliber. He is gracious enough to grow several pure varieties for the Snake River Seed Co-op, but more importantly, he’s keeping it interesting through his own Lofthouse Landrace Seeds project. If you ever need the straight skinny on the most important thing we as seed savers can be doing for the future of agriculture, it’s good to spend a little time with someone like Joseph. While in so much of the seed world the focus is on “maintaining uniformity and varietal purity,” Joseph takes the opposite approach, allowing varieties to cross wildly in his field to create robust and diverse land races that provide greater resilience, variety, and delight than a standard, uniform variety. 

 

Kelsey Jae Nunez

Kelsey grows a self-seeding meadow of Blue Flax in her front yard in Boise, Idaho. She saves the seed and sells it to Snake River Seed Coop so she can help build our local seed shed. She is also our go-to lawyer! She specializes in social enterprise, cooperative culture, and the sharing economy. Check out her website for more information about her legal services.

 

 

 

 

Wayne Marshall, Banbury Farms

Wayne is a third generation Idaho farmer. He started Banbury farm in 1980, located in the Snake River Canyon near Buhl. Buhl is unique because it has ample gravity pressure which provides pure spring water, deep fertile soil deposited from the Bonneville flood 14,000 years ago AND a warm micro-climate. He runs the farm mostly solo but gets part-time help from neighbors on occasion. He primarily grows alfalfa hay and about six acres of pinto beans a year as well as oats, wheat and corn. He offers all the corn varieties he stewards on seedwise.com and is gracious enough to work with us to offer several of them. These include Glass Gem, Magic Manna, and Papa’s Blue all offered through the Snake River Seed Co-op.

 

Dusty Perkins and students, College of Western Idaho - Biology Club

The College of Western Idaho native plant display is a living exhibition that showcases many plants of the Intermountain West and Rocky Mountains. Located in Nampa, Idaho, the primary purpose of the display is to educate the public about the remarkable plants that have adapted to the unique climate conditions of this region. The display further serves as a demonstration of how native plants can be used to create attractive, low-maintenance and water-wise landscaping that enhances natural biodiversity. The garden is home to events that include the CWI Native plant sale (mid-April), Native plant and seed cleaning workshops (Fall) and routine service learning events.

 

Thumbs Heath, Peaceful Purple Produce People


Thumbs’ bio: Peaceful Purple Produce People is an unofficial nonprofit disorganization.

Casey’s addition to Thumbs’ bio: Thumbs Heath has been stewarding and breeding seeds in and around the Gospel Hump Wilderness in central Idaho for over 30 years. He was a phD candidate in plant breeding at UC Davis when he made the decision to step away from the often money-driven modern plant breeding apparatus and instead focus his breeding efforts for the public good. He specializes in garlic, amaranth, and heritage grains, as well as in purple crop varieties. He hypothesizes that the purple color in plants makes them more drought-tolerant, heat-tolerant, and cold-tolerant, and he has painstakingly collected and selected dozens of purple cultivars of crops ranging from kale to corn to carrots, and so many others. Thumbs is one of Idaho’s living treasures–his seed work is unparalleled and while he doesn’t go in for modern conveniences like phones, computers, or money, we’re glad to help him bridge that gap. We are humbled and honored to be able to partner with him to bring hundreds of his seed varieties, selected for small-scale subsistence level agriculture, to the community on his behalf.

 

Angus Hughes, Bluebird Farm

Angus Hughes has been gardening one way or another most of his life and is now living on a five acre forest with a large garden and orchard that produces most of his fresh food needs. He has an interest in native food crops as well as perennial crops and year-round harvest. Bluebird Farm is located in Orofino, Idaho.

 

 

 

 

 

James Duxbury, B & B Farms

Implementing natural process farming methods which includes berries, roots, veggies and wine grapes on over 5 acres in Kuna, Idaho. James recently introduced the Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin variety to the seed co-op. Visit their social media page for more information.

 

 

 

 

Henry Allsworth


I am Brennan Henry. Vegetables, regional food, fermented items (CHEESE!), animals, soils, community, anarchy, accordion, and radio are among the things I love and definitely, especially growing seeds for such a lovely, forward-thinking, important project like the SRSC. My farm is located in the Dry Creek Valley near Boise, Idaho.

 

 

 

 

Kandis Romans, Red Wagon Farms

We are a family-run organic farm located in Homedale near Idaho’s Snake River Valley wine region. We grow a wide variety of market vegetables, flowers, and berries on 2.5 acres. We especially love to grow heirloom varieties! We would love to hear from you on Instagram or Facebook! Find us at the Boise Farmers Market beginning in June, and visitors are always welcome to see our farm. Just message us!

 

Erin McLaughlin, Butterfield Farms

Weiser, Idaho

We are a small family farm growing on 2 ½ acres of historic property in downtown Weiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry and David Sheppard, Freezone Farm

Nine Mile Falls, Washington

 

Colby Moe

Boise, Idaho

I’m a hobby grower. Enjoy contributing how I’m able. I support, and acknowledge the importance of having a network and source for bio regionally produced seeds. Respect, admire, and am thankful for all the work that S.R.S.C. puts forth to provide us with such a valuable resource.

 

Dana Rassmussen, Fellowship Farm

Paul, Idaho

Dana grows large quantities of organic certified beans and peas on his farm in Paul, Idaho.

 

Dave Christensen

Big Timber, Montana

Dave is the breeder of Painted Mountain Corn, which he bred by selecting and breeding from dozens of strains of flour corns for over 40 years in the mountains of Montana. It is the earliest maturing flour corn in North America. We’re honored to share this variety straight from the source!