Who We Are

Ross Rodgers

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 villages. Ross’ other passions are beekeeping, rainwater harvesting, snuggling his kitten and chasing his dog.

Avalon Gulley

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 homesteading family in the rainforest who grew most of their own food and seeds. From there she continued building her farming experience by volunteering and interning on various farms in Wisconsin and Colorado. 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 3 adorable dairy goats from destroying the farm.