Facilitating the Restoration and Conservation of Native Species Habitat Through Partnership & Community Engagement.

The Understory Initiative aims to build a collaborative native seed farm while facilitating partnerships for the planning and implementation of restoration actions in herbaceous plant communities.


Our Mission:

To facilitate the restoration and conservation of native species habitat through partnership and community engagement.


What We Do...


Seed Production

The Understory Initiative is working on developing an cooperatively managed native seed farm in Southern Oregon.


Research & Development

Native seed production can be risky and requires many creative and unconventional agricultural practices. At The Understory Initiative, we aim develop seed production protocols that are specific to native species in Southern Oregon and Northern California.


Ecological Education

Our native ecosystems provide a wealth of educational opportunities for school groups, local growers and members of the public. We plan to host regular farm demos, wildflower hikes, and training on how to sow, harvest, and clean seed from a diversity of native species.



The Understory Initiative Team

Meet the people working to increase access to native seed resources for ecological restoration in Southern Oregon.


Get Involved

The Understory Initiative thrives with support from our local community. If you would like to connect in person about how to get involved, please come along to one of our events! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or ideas.


attend an event

We regularly hold seed collecting events, educational events and conduct outreach at community events. Check out our calendar to see where and when you can join us in the field:

Make a Donation

Donations to The Understory Initiative directly support the work of restoring native understory and herbaceous plant habitats in Southern Oregon. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit.