The Business of Growing Native Seeds
A product of the Harney County Wildfire Collaborative, the Northern Great Basin Native Seed Cooperative is moving forward with its development. This cooperative is a diverse group of partners looking to commercially produce and market local, native seeds with the seeds ultimately being used for landscape scale restoration. Reseeding with native seeds is one aspect of megafire prevention.
The cooperative has four confirmed growers who will grow native seeds of bluebunch wheatgrass (pictured above) that is being collected from key locations throughout Harney County. The growers have selected high quality sites with overhead irrigation and are preparing them as one would prepare a nice garden, with tillage, mulching and weed control before planting in August. The seeds will be collected mid-July to August 1st, dried and cleaned, and delivered directly to the growers for sowing.
For more information about the Northern Great Basin Native Seed Coop contact Jennifer Taynton, Native Seed Cooperative and Economic Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org