About.

Siskiyou Seeds operates at our family farm, Seven Seeds Farm, an organic farming education center. We have been growing certified organic seed for many national scale mail order seed companies for the past 19 years. We are fairly unique within the world of seed companies in that we actually produce much of the seed ourselves, as opposed to most companies that buy most (or all) of their seed from multinational corporate seed houses, many of whom also produce genetically engineered vegetable seeds. At Seven Seeds, you can learn about seed production and plant breeding.

In addition to commercial seed production, Seven Seeds Farm produces biodynamic fruits and vegetables that we distribute through a cooperative Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program called the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative (www.siskiyoucoop.com) in the Rogue Valley. We also raise ducks, chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs, honey bees and sheep. Seven Seeds hosts numerous on-farm classes and workshops in a variety of sustainable agriculture related topics. To see a current listing of workshops at Seven Seeds and classes that Don Tipping will be teaching in southern Oregon, visit our website - http://www.sevenseedsfarm.com/

We are located at 2,000 elevation, 42.5 degrees North latitude. Our average frost free season is from June 1st until October 15th. We are technically a Zone 7 site, however this can fluctuate. Summers are hot and dry with high temperatures in the upper 90’s or low 100’s not uncommon. Our evenings are cool in summer due to our arid, mountain environment. Winters are cool and rainy with periodic cold snaps down into the teens or below. Our average rainfall is 42″ per year, coming mostly between October and May.

Although we are blessed with abundant summer sun here in the banana belt of southern Oregon, the Siskiyous can be a challenging place to garden with our winter rainforest, summer desert climate of harsh extremes. The varieties that we offer in this catalog have proven themselves through years of homesteading filling countless harvest baskets and serving as the foundation for many nourishing meals.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2000

Size of project site

50 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

4 - 20

Dry season

May to September

Wet season

December to February

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    3-5 times per week

Opportunities

Seven Seeds Farm is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • permaculture apprentice

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