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.
Find the exact seeds you need for your project using the advanced search and filtering options of our Seed Finder Tool:
Browse all seed mixes and find the one you need using the advanced search and filtering options of our Seed Finder Tool:
The solution? Low-impact solar development. This solar energy installation practice preserves some of the topsoil during installation and involves planting native vegetation under and around the newly installed solar panels. Benefits include better water retention, improving soil health, providing lower-cost energy, nurturing native plant species and building pollinator-friendly habitats, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Ernst Seeds’ Solar Farm Seed Mixes are designed to minimize maintenance for solar operators while also improving soil health and biodiversity for the benefit of pollinators and wildlife.
Our team of specialists can help you determine the best mix for your project. In addition to our Solar Farm Seed Mixes, we also offer custom seed mixes specific to your solar site needs.
Our Fuzz & Buzz™ Solar Farm Seed Mix, designed in partnership with Monarch Vegetation Services and the American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA), provides an additional opportunity for sheep graziers who need more pasture.
Native vegetation is vitally important to ecological restoration. Solar Farm Seed Mixes, thoughtfully designed with native plant species, are becoming the preferred choice for solar operators. With a clear understanding of vegetation, cover crops and a well-designed erosion control plan, beneficial native vegetation can be an all around win-win.
We have a wide array of individual species for solar sites. Please contact us directly so we can help you decide what species will work best for your project needs.