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California Working Lands Free Seed Program

<strong>California Working Lands Free Seed Program</strong>

The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is offering FREE technical assistance, milkweed plugs, and a regionally specialized ‘More than Monarchs seed mix‘ for pollinator plantings on private working lands in central California. To learn more about this program, please visit the MJV’s California Working Lands Free Seed Program.


Eligible projects are limited to private working lands in the Central Valley of California or adjacent foothills. Projects outside California will not be considered. There are no site size requirements.  

Program Timeline

  • Winter/Spring 2022: Participant recruitment period with sites selected by May
  • Summer 2022: Technical assistance & site preparation
  • Fall 2022: Seed/plant distribution, site conservation planning, and continued technical assistance
  • Spring 2023: Site visits and land manager check-ins

Interested parties must fill out this form. The selection process will involve an interview with Wynter Vaughan, the MJV’s California Habitat Coordinator. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis, while funding lasts, with prioritization given to interest received before May 1. Projects that are eligible will be notified of their status in the program on a rolling basis and as soon as possible, but no later than the end of May.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Wynter directly at

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