About Ernst Seeds

Founded by Calvin Ernst in 1964, Ernst Conservation Seeds is the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States. We grow, process and sell hundreds of species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials, propagated on more than 9,000 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. READ ABOUT OUR MISSION.

Ernst Historical Highlights


Elsie and Ted Ernst with sons Calvin, Darrell and Luther (l. to r.).

Early 1970s

Calvin, Michael and Andy on the family’s Nebraska farm.


The Ernst team was growing and needed a new office in 1996.


Our headquarters has grown significantly over the years, but remains in the same spot it began over 50 years ago.

Meet Our Team

Ernst Conservation Seeds has been a family business since Calvin Ernst founded the company. Calvin and the Ernst family still lead our operations today, though the extended Ernst “family” includes nearly 90 full-time employees.

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Ernst Seeds is a great place to work! Learn more about life at Ernst – our culture, our benefits and any available opportunities to join our team.

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