Partner Farmer Program

 

native american bulk seed exchange

Native Seeds/SEARCH relies on partnering with a network of southwestern farmers to grow out and increase the seed varieties we steward, with a focus on working with Indigenous farmers growing in or near the areas these seeds are
originally from. We are looking for more farmers to partner with us to do grow-outs, whether through a seed exchange agreement or a contract agreement.


A seed exchange agreement involves farmers receiving seeds from us and at the end of the season they return 3x (1.5x for Native Farmers) times the original amount of that seed to NS/S (provided they have had a successful harvest,
there is no financial penalty for crop failure). The returned seed should only represent a small fraction of the total seed harvested so that participants can harvest plenty for food or save seed to plant in the future.

Experienced farmers capable of growing a quarter acre or more of a particular seed variety may be interested in being paid to grow seed as a part of a contract agreement, where NS/S will pay the grower to grow out select varieties.  Interested participants should contact NS/S to discuss the varieties they are interested in growing and the amount of land they plan to cultivate.

Due to limited quantities, not all varieties in the collection may be available, but we will work with participants to match requests with seed availability. Please contact us at 520.622.0830 or email us at info@nativeseeds.org.