Volunteer Seed Stewards
The Co-op is developing a volunteer seed collection program to train volunteer citizen scientists for seed collection, cleaning, curation and data management. The Co-op will be hosting a training in October and will be scheduling several day trips in the Verde Valley as well as overnight trips to Grand Canyon, Hopi and Chino Valley (upper Verde Watershed). Click here to sign up as a volunteer.
The Co-op is designing, planting and maintaining several pollinator gardens. We will be hosting volunteer weeding/planting days at Shield Ranch, in partnership with TNC, and the Camp Verde Public Library in September. Stay tuned for dates.
Become a Grower
Are you a farmer in the Verde Valley? Would you like to earn income from growing and selling native plants? Share marketing and contracting costs? Network with other plant producers? Learn and innovate the methods used for growing plant materials? These are some of the benefits of being associated with a cooperative. We are looking to expand our network of local nursery and agricultural growers in the Verde River Watershed to produce high quality, regionally sourced native plants. If any of the these opportunities are of interest, contact Kate Watters to start growing with us.
Become a Buyer
Do you purchase native plants or seed? Where are you currently obtaining seed or plant material? Are you having trouble finding locally adapted, regional natives for your project? You can support the Co-op efforts to build a regional restoration economy by purchasing local plant materials produced from local seed. We work with buyers to produce plants and seed that meet the needs of your project. With enough lead time, you can contract with our Co-op. Contact Kate Watters firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quote and see our current availability.
Join our Steering Committee
Would you be interested in participating in the Co-op as a committee member to advise our future activities? The Co-op steering committee is a diverse group of stakeholders who care about the future of the Verde River Watershed, and are passionate about native plants. We meet quarterly to determine priority species for seed collection, production, and discuss future projects for the Co-op. Contact Kate Watters to get involved.