Helping restore the native landscape for over 50 years
Founded by Calvin Ernst in 1964, Ernst Conservation Seeds is the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States.
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We grow, process and sell hundreds of species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials, propagated on more than 10,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. To ensure our customers receive a quality product, all of our seeds are harvested, conditioned and tested under the highest quality standards.
It is the mission of Ernst Conservation Seeds to make available to eastern North America the key native and naturalized species of plants for restoration, reclamation, conservation, wildlife and pollinator habitat enhancement, renewable biomass energy and the beautification of our nation.
Many of the most successful enterprises in history owe their staying power to a visionary leader – one who guided them through the best and worst of times – always with a steadfast resolve and unwavering vision for their destiny.
Today the Ernst “family” includes nearly 80 full-time employees including field production crews, sales and marketing staff, researchers, seed conditioning specialists, finance, purchasing, inventory management and human resources professionals. In 2014, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Meet Our Team
We’re all about family at Ernst Conservation Seeds. After all, family is why we’re here. We’ve been a proud family-owned agribusiness for over 50 years. We get to know one another. We help each other out. We treat each other with respect, like family.