Local Seeds for Local Food


Join our mission to improve local food resilience by bringing seed stewardship back to Mendocino County. 

This is a collaboration between Going to Seed and Xa Kako Dile:, an Indigenous Women-Led Organization on a working farm. Xakakodile.org

How to Participate:

  • Sign Up: Select from the list of crops available for adoption below and commit to stewarding these plants throughout the 2024 growing season.
  • Receive Resources: We provide you with starter seeds, monthly emails (click here for our resources page, including an archive of emails and other relevant guides) specific to your chosen crop, access to a monthly zoom to answer questions, and volunteer opportunities. 

Grow with the Community:

  • Share Your Harvest: At the end of the growing season, contribute your seeds back to the community seed bank. This collective effort enhances our regional seed diversity and equips us to better handle local growing challenges.
  • Access more local seeds: By contributing seeds, you gain access to a diverse array of seeds shared by fellow community members.
  • Learn  the principles of adaptation, selection, and cultivation for high nutrient density and best flavor.

Expect to grow crops that are delicious and colorful, favoring diversity over uniformity.


Here is the current selection of crops available for adoption:


Please use the following form to sign up: 

Thank you!





The 2023 Coastal Seed Project Review:

The Mendocino Coast has a cool summer climate where warm-season veggies don’t thrive and aren’t often grown.  This group of gardeners wanted to take on the challenge of adapting some garden favorites to foggy weather.  Taking this on will lead to better long-term food security, and develop seeds to share that other coastal communities will value. 

Increasing diversity through encouraging cross-pollination between varieties facilitates adaptation to local conditions, as well as increasing plant health in the following generations. 

Ultimately this project will lead to resilient, nutrient-dense,  and community-selected food crops, whose seeds will be freely available to any gardener that wants to grow them.


Julia Dakin and Sakina Bush are the organizers of this project.

Crops selected

This group was most excited about growing veggies that typically need more summer warmth.   


Seeds from a wide assortment of heirloom melons were grown at the Field of Dreams, including a dozen different heirlooms, and the Lofthouse-Oliverson muskmelons adapted to cold nights and a short season. Seeds are selected from the earliest melons that survived a cool summer in 2022.

Sweet Corn

The seeds grew on the coastal bluffs for one season; they are the early and colorful Astronomy Domine landrace now available locally at Quail Seeds.

Moschata Winter Squash

These originally came from a population selected by Joseph Lofthouse: “This landrace population is the result of allowing a large planting of many different varieties of Cucurbita moschata to grow together and cross-pollinate. Seeds were saved from those that ripened early and had dry, dark orange (nutritious) flesh. There are all kinds of shapes and sizes, and most of them ripen to that butternut tan color.” More for sale here.