About Our Seed Company
We are a grassroots, small-scale family seed company focused on seed stewardship and regenerative agriculture. We grow the majority of our seeds on our 4-acre seed farm in the Four Corners region (the intersection of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona) outside of Cortez, CO. We source the rest of our seeds from trusted, regional family seed farmers using chemical-free practices. Our main partner grower Groundwork in Paonia, CO provides short-season seeds adapted to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
All of our seeds are suitable for Zones 6 and above. Our short-season seeds are suitable for Zones 3 and above.
Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
We acknowledge and respect the land we live on as the traditional and ancestral homeland of Hopi, Pueblo, Dineh (Navajo), Zuni and Ute Peoples. We recognize the ongoing importance of this Four Corners bioregion to these Tribes as well as the rich ancestral heritage of their seeds. We grow native Southwestern seeds with an open heart and in a spirit of reciprocity with the land and peoples. We share a generous portion of the seeds we grow with people with ancestral connections to them, and with anyone with enthusiasm to steward and share them (see details below).
Why Ancestral Seed?
We grow ancestral seeds from the Southwest and beyond, and heirloom seeds from the wider US and around the world. We select seeds for their resilience-- which means seeds that have a wide genetic variability and adaptability to varying climatic and soil conditions. We especially focus on native Southwestern seeds, which have been tended for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years (like the corn, beans, squash, amaranth and sunflowers). These seeds enjoy the longest adaptation to the climates, soils and ecosystems of the Southwest.
Ancestral seeds give us the best chance for adapting to a changing climate and successfully growing a sufficient amount of food for our future generations without the dangers of GMOs and chemicals. Seeds -- like the people who tend them -- carry a complex history full of vital, interwoven stories. Seed stewards exist in every culture around the globe, and we acknowledge the long lineages of people who have tended these seeds over millenia to bring them into our hands today. We work (and play!) to continue this legacy and pass these seeds on to our future generations.
Vibrant Earth Seeds is a socially responsible company: we donate 20% of our seeds!
Recipients of our seeds include:
- Native Southwestern gardeners & farmers (Hopi, Dineh, Pueblo, Ute & other tribes)
- Schools and school groups for educational gardens
- Church groups & other organizations to grow food for their community
- Community gardens
- Food pantries
- Seed libraries
- Seed swaps
If you are dedicated to seed growing & sharing, please contact us to learn how to receive free seeds for your garden, farm, event or organization. If you are indigenous and recognize any of the seeds we carry as your traditional seeds, please contact us for free seeds. We aim to distribute seeds to everyone with enthusiasm for tending and sharing them, regardless of financial or access limitations.
Growing seeds is a constant learning process embedded within dynamic natural and cultural processes. We are always learning from the plants and people who tend them! We pass along the wisdom we've gleaned through workshops on seed cultivation, harvesting, processing, saving & sharing. We also host seed swaps and other seed-related events.
Our YouTube channel @VibrantEarthSeeds
offers free content for learning about the world of seeds.
Let us know if you'd like to attend a workshop or would like information about how to host a seed swap in your community!
Who We Are
Ross is co-founder of Vibrant Earth Seeds LLC. He grew up in Colorado and started saving seeds at age 8, when he collected the Morning Glories growing up his family’s fence. As a young man he traveled abroad in Mexico and Southeast Asia for 2 years, and then landed back in the US to obtain a BS in Agricultural Ecology from Prescott College, along with a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC). At Prescott he also created his native plant nursery. In 2010 he became Assistant Seedsman at Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative in Copake, NY, where he met Avalon. After returning to Colorado, Ross initiated seed libraries along the Front Range through his nonprofit Restore Colorado: Seeds for the People. Throughout his life he has been fortunate to meet and share seeds with many farmers throughout the Southwest including Hopi and Pueblo farmers. Ross’ other passions are beekeeping, rainwater harvesting, snuggling his kitten and chasing his dog.
Avalon is co-founder of Vibrant Earth Seeds LLC. She fell in love with farming and seed cultivation post-college, when she became disillusioned by her career prospects as a Chemistry BA, and spontaneously flew to Puerto Rico with nothing more than a backpack. She ended up living with a wonderful Puerto Rican homesteading family in the rainforest who grew most of their own food and seeds (Desde mi Huerto). From there she continued building her farming experience by volunteering and interning on various farms in Wisconsin and Colorado; and traveling through the Southwest where she learned about traditional agricultural practices of Hopi and Pueblo peoples. She teamed up with Ross in 2010 to develop his 501(c)(3) nonprofit Restore Colorado: Seeds for the People. They have been cultivating seeds, creating seed libraries and hosting seed events together ever since. Avalon loves hiking with her pup and trying to keep the adorable dairy goats from destroying the farm.