Location: Bay Area, CA
Founding: 2021
Founders/leadership: Pandora Thomas, founder 

EARTHseed Farm is a 14-acre solar-powered organic farm and orchard located on the ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Peoples in Sonoma County, CA — the only all-Black owned permaculture farm in the county, where only 2% of land is Black-owned. It aims to heal generations of historical harm through educational programs that prioritize people of African descent and other communities of color.

EARTHseed honors all beings and their role in stewarding their communities and looks to nonhuman kin for guidance. With the permission and blessings of Graton Rancheria Tribe, EARTHseed is operated and rooted in Afro-Indigenous permaculture principles and built on the long legacy of earth wisdom traditions of people of African descent. Permaculture is a relationship-based ecological design system embedded in Indigenous wisdom that elevates ecosystem health while meeting human needs. 

EARTHseed is managed by a group of likeminded practitioners and is home to a variety of apples, pears, persimmons, plums, pluots, guavas, and mixed berries. In addition to a wholesale program, the farm is open to the public from May to November for berry and fruit-picking. EARTHseed has been featured in several media outlets, including Made Local magazine, Sonoma magazine, the Podship Earth podcast, and KQED.  

The Sebastopol, CA farm is a part of Thomas’ new nonprofit Sankofa Project — an FSP and member of the Movement Strategy Network. Sankofa will include Thomas’ work with Marin City and Urban  Permaculture Institute. 

Read more about MSC’s visit to EARTHSeed Farm on the Move Blog.

Read more about how Pandora Thomas, founder of EARTHSeed Farm, inspires others on the Move Blog.

Read more about EARTHSeed’s actions on climate change on the Move Blog.