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In Fall 2016, PLNA introduced membership upgrade packages for all members. One of the benefits of the upgrades for Growers, Manufacturers and Ancillary Services is highlighting their company profile on the PLNA website.

Ernst Conservation Seeds


 Octoraro Native Plant Nursery




Ernst Conservation Seeds, Meadville, PA

Date Company Began:  1964


Key Employees:  Calvin Ernst, President; Andy Ernst, Vice President


Please tell us more about the history of your company.

Founded in 1964 by Calvin Ernst, Ernst Conservation Seeds started on five acres with a staff of 5 - Calvin, his parents and his brothers Luther and Darrell.  Ernst has grown to be the largest native seed supplier in the eastern U.S., with approximately 90 full-time employees at peak seasonal employment.  We are currently farming nearly 10,000 acres in northwest Pennsylvania and offer over 300 species of seeds.

Do you work with trade only or do you provide retail offerings to the consumer?

We supply residential customers, commercial clients, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

What are some of the more interesting or unique products/services that you provide?

We do not perform installation or seeding, though our seeds and bioengineering (live plant material) products have been used in many high-profile native meadow plantings, unique ecological restoration projects, large-scale wetland mitigations, and sustainable landscapes just to name a few.

What are some important business values for Ernst Conservation Seeds?

Commitment to our customers and a desire to have a conversation with them in order to make sure they receive the best possible seed solution for their unique project needs.




Want to get your company highlighted on the PLNA website? Contact Tina Rife, Director of Membership at or 717.238.1676.

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