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Our Team

Meet the Team!

It's official, Sustainable Seed Company is now a part of the Chico, CA community. With our expansion efforts we've brought on some new team members to add to our already amazing staff. Below is a bit about us. If you haven't signed up for our newsletter, please do so at sustainableseedco.com. General questions or comments may be directed to admin@SustainableSeedCo.com. We are also on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. With our bigger staff we have lots of great new resources and information that will be coming along, so please stay connected.








John (Founder and President)

A.K.A. "Farmer John" has been involved in sustainable gardening and agriculture nearly his whole life. He also has a keen insight for business – starting his first profitable venture at the age of 12. From managing his greenhouse to running a nursery, to a successful career in state government, his love of plants has presented him the opportunity to give back to society in the form of the Sustainable Seed Company. Through his unique and effective management style and vision, SSC came into existence. John believes that seed is the foundation of food and ultimately the foundation of civilization. John is a leader in the food independence and seed preservation movements. John has been nominated for the 2015 Western Sustainability Pioneer Award for his work in sustainable agriculture. John is also a very talented photographer; you can see his work on Flickr under "Farmer John" Sustainable Seed Co.



Theo  (Vice President)

Theo is...well...what doesn't Theo do?! Actually, none of the entire website here would be possible without him. He is a web and graphic artist genius. His talent has really put Sustainable Seed Co. out in the world to be seen. From this website to seed packages to banners and t-shirts, if it says Sustainable Seed on it, he created it!  Recently, he has been filming the workings at Sustainable Seed Company and sharing them with the world.

Without him, phones wouldn't get answered, orders processed, seed packages filled, and on the story goes. This company would come to a grinding halt without all the hours Theo tirelessly puts into the company. Theo IS the Sustainable Seed Company. So when you are admiring those amazing veggies you harvested this summer, remember to send him a quick email and a picture to let him know how much you appreciate him!



Michael  (Bulk Specialist)

Growing up with 4 siblings and a single mom, you gain a respect for food.  In my youth, I was mostly into intellectual and technological studies.  Being a farmer was the farthest thing from my mind.  Now, with 2 kids of my own and feeling a lack of faith in the food I buy at the store, strongly getting into growing healthy food is forefront in my mind each day.

I’ve worked in food service from bussing tables to managing, built and repaired computers, worked in construction (building multi-million dollar homes from the ground up) in the San Juan islands, as well as running a landscaping business for those same people whose homes I built.  I’ve enjoyed learning in each of my jobs, and look forward to the near infinite things there are to learn here at the seed company.  I am both proud and overjoyed to get to bring my skills to what I can honestly say is the BEST and most honest place I have ever worked.

“There seem to be but three Ways for a Nation to acquire Wealth. The first is by War as the Romans did in plundering their conquered Neighbours. This is Robbery. The second by Commerce which is generally Cheating. The third by Agriculture, the only honest Way; wherein Man receives a real Increase of the Seed thrown into the Ground, in a kind of continual Miracle wrought by the Hand of God in his favour, as a Reward for his innocent Life, and virtuous Industry.”  Benjamin Franklin


Kelli (Administrative Specialist)

Kelli joined Sustainable Seed Company in February 2015 as the Administrative Specialist.  She was one of the first employees hired at the Chico location to assist in the relocation and expansion of the company.  Kelli is the executive assistant to the president and head of Human Resources/Administration.  She has an extensive background in administrative management and sustainable practices.   Kelli is responsible for establishing and maintaining policies and procedures within the company.  Her goal is to create a healthy and happy work environment with good camaraderie.  She wants to see Sustainable Seed Company as a destination location for Chico both in sustainable practices and teaching; as well as best in employment practices and community involvement.  In her spare time Kelli enjoys bike riding, swimming, hiking, riding motorcycles, yoga, writing, traveling, trying new experiences and hanging out with her friends and family.


Dan (Assistant Warehouse Manager)

Dan was born and raised right here in Northern California. His father was a farmer and he grew up riding on the tractor with his dad as early as age six. When he was age eleven he was put on a D-7 caterpillar tractor to help prepare the ground for planting. Having been around farming all his life, Dan brings a great deal of experience and a hard work ethic to his new venture here at Sustainable Seed Company.


Comments on Our Team

Bette Shepard 06-25-2011 05:25 AM
WOW! I ordered several packages of organic heirloom seeds. Of course, I planted double what I really wanted because you know they don't all germinate...WRONG! I had 46 tomatoes, 33 broccoli and the list goes on. Our square foot garden is flourishing with beautiful huge vegetable plants. Great company. Thank you for being there!
Cyndi Ashley 04-03-2011 10:39 AM
Beautiful website.....well done. Looking forward to receiving my seeds. My hopes are to be able to give seeds to my family, so they can be self sufficient, when the time comes!
Paula Hughes 01-31-2011 11:59 AM
I can't wait to get my seeds in the mail and my fingers in the dirt!
stacy from harris6familyfarm 01-18-2011 09:55 PM
you are so awesome love love love my packages of seeds Sooo many I'm delighted to grow cover crops,provide my chickens food, delight my children with the magic of nature and hopefully a 1,000 lb pumpking they can play house inside and eat the delicious food we grow together.
jeanette engelhart 12-15-2010 06:48 PM
great job, great website
Love it!

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