Covering 14 acres of land, the Native Seed Farm was established to fulfill the need for plant materials, such as seeds and container plants, for habitat restoration projects across the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. It is a collaborative effort between IRC, OC Parks, the City of Irvine and the City of Newport Beach. The concept of collecting seeds from the wild and growing them on a farm was initially proposed by IRC staff over a decade ago. This idea became a reality, with the farm serving as a vital resource for the Landmarks and their restoration.
By participating in the public activities at the Native Seed Farm, nature enthusiasts can make a difference in supporting Orange County's native wildlands. Whether it's helping behind the scenes to harvest seeds from native plants for restoration projects, tending to younger seedlings at the nursery or working in the newly established native plant demonstration garden, everyone can contribute. No prior experience is required to participate in these activities.
If you're looking to get involved, there are multiple upcoming public activities, "Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm," that will continue throughout the year, with an opportunity to join this month at the dates listed below:
- Saturday, November 4th
- Wednesday, November 8th
- Wednesday, November 15th
- Saturday, November 18th
- Wednesday, November 29
If you're interested in lending a helping hand to this initiative or other upcoming restoration projects, you can find more information on LetsGoOutside.org. Join the Native Seed Farm community and play an active role in preserving and restoring Orange County's natural beauty.
For more information about Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm or the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, visit IRConservancy.org or follow the Landmarks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.