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Our Team

We are real people!

Yes, that kind of sounds silly, but how many times do you feel like you deal with face-less companies and not real people. Companies that nowadays just don't seem to care or hold themselves accountable for the things they do. We do care and we are tired of dealing with companies that keep us on hold for 20 minutes when we call or transfer us to an answering service in another country! Read our bios below. We are here for you.

Our Location

Sustainable Seed Company is located in pristine Round Valley, California. That is about 4 hours north of San Francisco, California. We do not operate a retail location at this time.  Mail order only.

We are a new generation of farmers who understand that if there is to be a bright future for humanity we need to start farming and living sustainably today.  We are the Sustainable Seed Company...

For information on Farmer John, the founder of Sustainable Seed Co. click here.

 

 

 

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!

 

Sharon  (Warehouse Manager)

My name is Sharon Barr. I am excited and delighted to have the opportunity to work for a company that’s mission is “Self sufficiency though Food independence.” During my time in college I spent countless hours studying the social injustices in this world. One of the biggest injustices in this world is the horrible reality of the how our food is produced. Graduating with a BA degree in Cross-Cultural studies and Transformational Community Development I wanted to spend my life being a mover and shaker in this world (aka World Changer).

I am excited to be working against the food injustices in this world. People in today’s world are so disconnected with where their food comes from.

Food security is important to me. Working for sustainable seed Company is allowing me to learn a great deal about saving seeds, growing food, and so much more.

I am glad to work for a company that is giving people a chance to grow their own food.  With family in Covelo, my journey in life has lead me to this wonderful small town and to Sustainable Seed Company.  With wonderful owners, co-workers, and opportunity to learn and grow I feel fortunate that life has lead me here…to work with and for people who are dedicated to making a difference in this world through food security and sustainability.

 

Leyla  (Seed Curator)

A love of plants has been a good dispersal mechanism for Leyla, carrying her from the Chaparral of southern California to the Humboldt redwoods, onto rooftops in Honolulu, and now to the fertile floor of the Round Valley, picking up some degrees in botany along the way (BS, Humboldt State University, MS, University of Hawaii at Manoa).

The motivation to preserve crop diversity and associated traditions has been a thread in Leyla's life from an early age, which she has explored through internships with the Seed Saver's Network, Australia and the Green Foundation, India, and involvement with the Hawaii Public Seed Initiative.

In 2013, she returned to California to pursue a career in the organic seed industry in earnest.

Leyla manages the seed laboratory and seed collection, which houses thousands of crops along with their stories.

 

Stacey  (Administrative Specialist)

As a California native, my love affair with fresh food started at an early age.  Growing up, there was never a time when my Mother or Grandfather didn’t have a backyard "victory" garden.  These gardens not only provided us with fresh vegetables, but eased the pocketbook of many families during the “Great Inflation” of the 1970’s.

About the age of 9, my Mother moved our family to rural Shasta County, the grandparents following behind within a year or two.  In an effort to reduce the number of chemicals and preservatives her children were ingesting in our “Standard American Diet”, we began a subsistence lifestyle.  Everything we consumed came from our acre plus garden or the livestock we kept.  

My most fond childhood memories center on my Grandfather’s garden.  Spring usually meant sitting in his strawberry patch, eating berries until I was completely covered in their bright red juice.  Summers were for Watermelon seed “wars” with my brother and cousins.  These battles usually ended in being hosed down to remove all evidence of the carnage before Grandma caught us.  Joining the group at the farm has allowed me to re-connect with my roots, both literally and figuratively.

 

Michael  (Warehouse Team Leader)

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

 

Ellen  (Bulk Seed Specialist)

Ellen's background is in small-scale agriculture.  She most recently managed a two-acre garden/farm in Northern New Mexico, selling produce at the local farmers market, and out front through a farm stand.  In her recent journey down the rabbit hole of plant taxonomy, Ellen was driven to learn more about the beginning and end of a plants growth cycle--its seed.  Ellen joined the Sustainable Seed Co. crew in the bulk seed department, and is looking forward to getting to know the ins and outs of the world of seed. 

In mid-May this year, Ellen will have earned her Bachelor's Degree from Prescott College.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl  (Customer Servce)

I have spent the last few years of my life trying to live a more sustainable existence.

Through traveling and learning from different cultures in South America about the art of growing food to working in the state of Virginia  growing and selling locally produced organic vegetables to undeserved communities; I have seen, first hand, the seed to food cycle on the verge of being lost.

These experiences have taught me that through the basic act of growing vegetables, herbs, and grains; I can better understand my environment and my place within it.

The importance of growing food, has lead me, in the end, to working at Sustainable Seed Co. Here, i can experience the significance of having access to OP, non-GMO seed, to better serve our communities and our bellies.

As we say in the shop, "we are seed warriors!"

 

George the Wonder Cat

We can't forget the work George does keeping the fields free of gophers! Although he doesn't look to hard at work here! 

Sadly George passed away, but he will live on in our hearts!


Comments on Our Team


Georgia Keeran 09-10-2012 03:18 PM
What a great site, great philosophy, and great inventory! It's so nice to find a small and personal organic seed site. My husband I live off the grid in the Sierra Foothills (23 years up here after moving from Palo Alto, CA). We are happy to support Sustainable Seed Company with this first order. We will definitely be back for more. Congratulations on putting together such a nice site and such a friendly company. The best of luck to you all!
Sandra Dattoli 04-17-2012 07:23 AM
I am so excited about finding your site. I ordered some "supposed" heirloom seeds from another company a few years ago, and was very disappointed with both the germination rate and the resulting veggies they created.

I will be placing an order with you guys in about a week. I am so excited--I can "feel" the exuberance of your "team" jumping through the pages! It is catching.

Good luck to all of you and I so look forward to working with your seeds and then sending you positive feedback about them. I love what you all are doing. What an exciting future for all of you and your customers.
Lisa 02-09-2012 05:56 PM
1. Start early. Smaller seeds like tmaetoos, peppers and tobacco take time to germinate.2. Use peat pots and a porous soil mix for proper breathing.3. You can use the cardboard egg cartons if you have saved enough of them4. Create a little greenhouse by covering with plastic in a sunny window5. Be careful not to over water–as so many of us are “overcaring”
Joy Ching 08-25-2011 12:08 AM
great website
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!


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