In 2016, we added even more farmers to our cooperative of small family farms! Uniting all of us in the beautiful work of growing seeds, we added excellent growers from Moscow, Orofino, and Twisp, Washington; and the northern and eastern parts of Idaho! We worked with 17 small scale family farmers to grow out 258 varieties of seeds, which with each generation of planting, selecting, and saving, are becoming more adapted to our unique place on earth.
Seed Grower Bios
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 several urban plots in northwest Boise specializing in locally-adapted seeds and offering 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, CSA’s 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”.
Lori Bevan, FIELD GOODS FARM
Field Goods Farm is dedicated to growing delicious, high-quality vegetables, herbs and fruit while improving the soil and environment. Healthy, feel-good nourishment and soil comes from cover cropping, local compost and LOVE. No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides EVER.
Carrie Jones, DRAGGIN’ WING FARM
Carrie Jones runs Draggin’ Wing Farm together with her mother, Diane. Carrie raises dairy goats, hosts enchanting dinners on the farm, and is excited to be gardening with her new baby daughter this year. Carrie also hosts the Snake River Seed Library at her farm. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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
Dan Meyer, 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 member CSA subscriptions and produce for local restaurants and other wholesale outlets. They do not use any synthetic sprays, fertilizers, or chemicals nor any genetically modified seeds or plant starts.
Tim and Mike Sommer, PURPLE SAGE FARM
Purple Sage Farms is a family owned and operated organic farm, growing fresh herbs, greens, and specialty produce in greenhouses. Founded in 1988. it is one of the first food producing farms in the Treasure Valley and were 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.
Anaka Mines, TWISP RIVER SEED
Twisp River Seed is a 1 acre farm which has been producing vegetable, herb, and flower seed since 2013. Located 3 miles up Twisp River from the tiny town of Twisp, WA, all seed produced 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 like to experiment and maintain a diverse cropping system and also maintain a few plant breeding projects on the side.
Kelly Kingsland & Russell Poe, AFFINITY FARMS
Established in 2002 on the northern edge of Moscow, they are Certified Naturally Green (CNG) since 2007 and adhere to organic farming practices. They operate a CSA, sell veggies at the Moscow Farmers Market, as well supplying local restaurants and the Moscow Food Coop, and are excited about the new endeaveor of growing seeds for Snake River Seeds! Find them on the web here: https://certified.naturallygrown.org/producers/1417
Lee Rice and Grace, RICE FAMILY FARMS
James Reed, ONSEN FARMS
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. They have a winter CSA, sell online through Idaho’s Bounty, and supply a number of restaurants and boutique grocers, bsides growing seeds for SRSC. They grow both organically in the soil and with aquaponics. Onsen Farm’s mission/vision is to create a model of a permaculture based way of living using sustainable and ethical practices in raising healthy food for vibrant people.
Kyle & Cassie Stokes, EAT A TURNIP FARM
Garden City, Idaho
Seed savin’ home gardener and small time chicken farmer. Eat your turnips, kids!
James Loomis, SALACIA FARM
Marty Camberlango & Katie Painter, CITY GARDENS
Garden City, Idaho
Katie Battazzo, BADASS MOTHA FARM
Amy Kidwell, BLACK BEARY FARM