PARTNERSHIPS

Rodale Institute

Ventura Seed is proud to be the founding West Coast Partner for Rodale’s Organic Center. Ventura Seed will be donating capital, land, insights and sharing best practices as together we grow the movement and awareness for Organic and Regenerative Farming. The famed organic research & education institution will be at the McGrath Farm site in Ventura County. There they will conduct regionally-focused research trials, farmer outreach and consumer education events.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Rodale Institute to increase organic research and farmer training opportunities in California, the epicenter of the organic movement. We know there is still so much we can learn about growing in a true regenerative fashion to support the health of people and the planet.” – Riki Trowe, President of Ventura Seed Company

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“We know that organic research is still vastly underfunded compared to the size of the industry in the United States. We need more resilient agriculture that can deal with the extreme weather of climate change, so that farmers can continue to feed our growing population. That all starts with soil health. With researchers on the ground working on solutions geared for organic farmers in their own communities, we’ll continue to increase both the demand and supply of organic products in this country and around the world.” – Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute executive director.

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McGrath Farms

Ventura Seed Company works in partnership with fifth generation farmer Phil McGrath of McGrath Farms to grow their crop in the fertile Oxnard Plains of Ventura County. The McGrath Family shares Ventura Seed’s commitment to sustainable and regenerative agriculture and a collaborative approach to farming and bettering the industry.

“We’ve moved to conventional, chemical and industrial agriculture, and we’re seeing a rise in issues with pests, water shortages, and heavy chemical use. The world needs a wake-up call. We have to rethink the big picture now. Cheap food has an environmental and social cost. Farming can just as easily hurt us as sustain us. We need regenerative agriculture for our collective future.” Phil McGrath