Craig Edminster with his daughters Michele Santoyo, left, and Sarah Stutzman, right. Although Michele and Sarah helped in the fields growing up, it was only in the past couple of years that they decided to work full-time for the company.
ALBANY, Ore.- Sarah Stutzman and Michele Santoyo didn’t realize how hard their dad, Craig Edminster, worked until they joined him at Pacific NW Natives a few years ago.
You have to be a glutton for punishment, Stutzman said about their native seed production enterprise. My dad works his a– off, always has.
Edminster started Pacific NW Natives in 1996 after working as a research scientist for a cooperative of Western farmers.
It was there that Edminsters interest in native plant species began.