Our familyís long time passion for waterfowl hunting led us to be avid proponents of wetland conservation. In the 1980ís we began to investigate ways to protect and enhance wetlands as well as be a productive farm. Our search led us to an OSU professor who suggested that Oregon had the potential to successfully grow wild rice. We became the first farm to commercially grow wild rice here in the Willamette Valley.
By the 1990ís a variety of native wetland plants began to volunteer in the ponds and marshy ground of the rice fields and we became aware that, with the increasing interest in wetland restoration, both privately and publicly, there was a market for native wetland seed.
Since then, we have expanded the marshy areas to encompass over 500 acres here in the Mid-Willamette Valley that not only produce many varieties of wetland plants but are home to hundreds of nesting birds and a resting area for thousands of migrating waterfowl.
We are pleased to be a family operation that involves our children and grandchildren in various aspects of the farm. Many local folk as well as family members help during harvest when much of the seed needs to be hand picked.
This year we have available nearly 40 varieties of native wetland seed and a number of introduced varieties to attract waterfowl. Each year we have increased our selection and sometimes have varieties available that have not yet been listed. If you do not see what you are looking for, please ask.
The Rogers Family
River Refuge Seed Co