Seed and Sovereignty
Growing for food, medicine, ceremony and relationship.
Our nursery offers seed and plant returns to Indigenous Peoples of the prairies,
as individuals, groups, or nations.
We do not currently post a catalog of available species but offer most of our inventory.
We also custom-grow and source species for seed expansion projects.
Please call or email us with any questions.
All seeds are sourced from the Loess and Glacial Drift Hills, Nebraska/Kansas Loess Hills, Smokey Hills, and Rainwater Basin Plains ecoregions of Nebraska, and to a lesser degree the Flint Hills and Osage Cuestas of Kansas. If you live outside of the prairies, we may be able to help you connect with resources in your area.
This page is being developed.
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What is seed rematriation?
Seed rematriation is the return of seed to Indigenous peoples. Seed returns are typically made with ancestral varieties of agricultural crops that were cultivated and developed over many centuries, including but not limited to corn, beans, squash, and chiles. Seed from unmodified native plants is not yet common in seed returns.
Why does native seed need to be returned?
In what is currently known as the United States, all Indigenous people have suffered varying forms of displacement, theft, and genocide. Dispossession of the water, land, animals, and plants that are critical to sovereignty continues today. Native community, culture, religion, philosophy, health, and systems of governance are all undermined by compounding historic and present-day theft. Seed returns are typically made by people and institutions of settler ancestry who inherited stolen resources and continue to benefit from them. Returning a stolen resource, like seed, is a mechanism of building respectful systems of relationship.