Founders

Ken Greene is the founder of the first seed library in the country, a project he germinated in a small town library, and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Company, a national seed source devoted to producing seed for home gardeners and farmers and celebrating seeds through art. Greene is on the board of directors for the Organic Seed Alliance and is on the planning committee for the National Organic Seed Growers Conference. He has given presentations for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Culinary Institute of America, Seed Savers Exchange, National Heirloom Expo, Cornell University, Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, and many other conferences and organizations.

Shanyn Siegel has worked in sustainable agriculture and horticulture for over 15 years, specializing in organic vegetable gardening and organic seed production. She is the former Collection Curator and Seed Bank Manager for Seed Savers Exchange and currently works with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank. Co-editor of the recently published book, The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving, Shanyn loves to teach the botanical science behind seed saving.

 

We are proud to be seed stewards

 
Ken Greene threshing beans for the Native American Seed Sanctuary. Photo courtesy Hudson Valley Farm Hub and Local Economies Project.

Ken Greene threshing beans for the Native American Seed Sanctuary.

Photo courtesy Hudson Valley Farm Hub and Local Economies Project.

Shanyn Siegel pulling seedlings out of a germination chamber. Photo courtesy Seed Savers Exchange.

Shanyn Siegel pulling seedlings out of a germination chamber.

Photo courtesy Seed Savers Exchange.

 
 

Advisors

 

Todd Erling Executive Director, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation

Liana Hoodes Former Executive Director, National Organic Coalition

Timothy Johnson, PhD. Seed Bank Manager, Seed Savers Exchange

Margaret Roach A Way to Garden

Rachelle Spero Digital Communications Consultant