Chris Hardy

I am inspired to connect people to nutrient dense foods they can grow from seeds they can save. Farming has been in my family for at least 5 generations and travels abroad have kept my passion high for organic farming, farm consulting and educating why seed saving and regenerative farming are so important. I initiated the successful campaign in Southern Oregon to ban genetically engineered crops and helped bring farmers and citizens together to protect traditional seed saving practices.

For the past 16 years I have helped organize regional seed swaps, local farmers markets and have developed a relationship with Rogue Valley Farm to School program to connect kids to seeds and their food. I am founder and farmer at Hardy Seeds and currently oversee the production of more than 600 unique types of grains, legumes, perennial, vegetable and herb seeds. I am on the founding board of the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association and am actively engaged in building a network of seed growers to strengthen diversity in the food culture.

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