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Native Plants

Native Plants Program

Native Plants Program

About the Native Plant Program

The Native Plant Program at Hilltop Hanover Farm is a farm-based initiative focused on strengthening and expanding local biodiversity by increasing the number of ecotype plants available in the community.

Our native plant nursery specializes in seed-propagated, local ecotype species, native to our region.  Starting with quality seed (grown here at the farm!) and by using all organic practices, we produce healthy seedlings that foster biodiversity.

Westchester lands, including forests, wetlands, meadows on both public and private spaces, are under threat.  Depleted soil, new plant diseases and invasive species are taking a tremendous toll—as are the combined pressures of climate change, pollution and development.  Preserving and expanding areas where native plants are grown is a powerful way to combat these overarching environmental threats, while also supporting animal and insect populations that are essential to a healthy ecosystem.  Highly biodiverse ecosystems are more resilient and adaptable; they improve the soil, prevent erosion, protect against flooding, lower temperatures at the ground, and clean the air.  They are also beautiful.

At Hilltop, our native plant program seeks to deliver all these benefits by collecting seed native to our specific ecoregion, cleaning and propagating that seed in founders plots, and producing plants for land conservation and restoration.  We make both seeds and plants available for sale and donation to municipalities, schools, garden clubs, nurseries and individuals to achieve the greatest impact possible.  In addition to our expert staff, we welcome and depend on volunteers to grow this popular and sorely needed work.  Please join us!

Hilltop Staff Emily Rauch and Lindsey Feinberg participated in the 2023 National Native Seed Conference!

Check out this article about Cultivating the Restoration Supply Chain and Launching the Northeast Seed Network

Read more about Biodiversity at Hilltop Hanover Farm

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center