Don tipping's Permaculture Farm is just about the best one out there. Don has been developing his thriving Permaculture system for 20 years now, and it is really something to behold, he is living the dream! Don is a an organic seed farmer in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. In this episode he talks about his legal battles against GMO pollen contamination, his amazing Permaculture farm, reaching out to the next generation of young farmers, agriculture in the age of climate change, and much much more!
Video of Seven Seeds Farm water system: https://youtu.be/_X-BMbLBozA
Seven Seeds Farm Drone Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZYtATUNgmU
Don Tipping Full Biography:
Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon; situated at 2,000 feet elevation on a 7,000 tall-forested mountain with rushing spring fed creeks flowing through the land and nestled among old growth forests.
Here we produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, herbs, wool, eggs, and lamb. The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest by many, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. We have produced certified organic vegetable, flower and herb seeds for over a dozen national scale seed companies. Seven Seeds has also been active in USDA Western SARE, Organic Seed Alliance and other seed initiatives to advance the development of open pollinated organic seeds. In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company operated from the home farm. Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative, which manages a 300 share CSA, commercial seed growing, and an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. He also co-founded the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms. More recently we created the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association (SOSGA) to advocate for and support a bioregional seed system. With this group and Our Family Farms Collective (OFFC) and Oregonians for Safe Food & Families (OSSF) we successfully banned the growing of GMO crop in Jackson & Josephine Counties.
Don helps people focus upon helping people build their skill sets in sustainable life skills such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic gardening, eco-forestry, seed saving and other traditional arts that help to build regenerative culture. He has co taught with a wide group of widely respected people in the both the seed & Permaculture movement including: Tom Ward, Larry Korn, Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, Bill McDorman, Dennis Martinez, John Navazio, Andrew Milleson, Frank Morton, Harald Hoven, Jude Hobbs, Becky Bee, Rowen White and more. He sits on the board of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and is a regular contributor to the OSU Small Farms educational programs, The Seed Academy is a 5 day intensive in organic seed production and plant breeding that occurs at Seven Seeds Farm with guest instructors including Rowen White, Bill McDorman, Belle Star, Andrew Still, Sarah Kleager and Jonthan Spero. Don is also a charter member of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) as a plant breeder and a seed company advocate. He also sits in an advisory role with Top Leaf Urban Farms in Oakland, CA. Don is regularly sought out as a teacher, collaborator and consultant in the Pacific Northwest.
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