Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm

Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm - a farm where the native plants and the people are deeply-rooted to the land. We have been farming and raising a family together for 26 years. Wayne is a 3rd generation farmer on the fertile Palouse in the Inland Northwest. 

As farmers and land stewards, we see many lessons to be learned from the short-grass prairie that once sustained this land and its soil for a millennium. Our short-grass prairie is called the Palouse Prairie. Over the past 120 years, the Palouse region has been shaped by agriculture’s use of the productive soils that roll from one dune into another like gentle waves of the sea. We are fortunate to farm this deep, rich land with short-grasses like wheat and barley, and legumes such as peas, lentils and garbanzo beans. It is part of my husband Wayne’s heritage, as it is for many families in the Palouse region.

We are also stewards of over 100 acres of historic Palouse Prairie on Paradise Ridge. From family hikes, we recognized this land as both rare on the Palouse, highly diverse in plant species, and breathtakingly beautiful in the profusion of wildflowers that abound on the site. We noticed that the prairie thrives in our arid summers, on our steep slopes and even on our poorest soils. 

Wayne and I recognized that restoration and conservation of remaining Palouse Prairie patches depends on the availability of seed. Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm, our native seed and native plant operation, was started in 2004 from this simple question: “If our non-farmland produces Palouse Prairie native plants with only Mother Nature’s assistance, can we, as farmers learn from her and this land, and produce native wildflower and grass seed on our farmland? “ To find the answer to this question, we began producing native wildflowers and grasses on our farm. 

Our original seed source is from seed collections made from our Palouse prairie on Paradise Ridge. These wild-collected seeds are then planted into a one-acre field, or a seed-increase plot. Currently we have 23 wildflower species in this plot. From June to October we harvest the seed to either sell, plant into tall pots or to put into 2 – 7 acre single species fields. 

To expand the unique ecosystem of the short-grass prairies of the Inland Northwest, in 2007 we introduced a landscape starter-kit called Prairiescapes

Our 3rd generation farm is embracing our ancient landscapes. We hope you too can learn from the Palouse Prairie and its inhabitants as you observe it throughout the seasons with our Prairiescape plants and seeds. Our soils, native wildlife, such as native bees, butterflies, giant earthworms, Mountain bluebirds and red-tail hawks, and future generations are the beneficiaries of diverse native plantings. 

Contact Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm

Wayne and Jacie Jensen
1461 Thorn Creek Road
Genesee, Idaho  83832
Cell Phone: (208) 596-9122


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  • Latah County, Idaho

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