AgTech Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions

Heartwood Partners Acquires NativeSeed Group

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Heartwood Partners LLC has recently acquired NativeSeed Group from Victor Schaff, a pioneer in the native seed industry. With almost 50 years of experience, Mr. Schaff founded S&S Seeds and grew the business through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The acquisition of NativeSeed Group aligns with Heartwood Partners’ focus and expertise in investing in the agriculture sector. NativeSeed Group is a leading provider of native seeds and erosion control products, catering to land reclamation, conservation, construction, commercial, and consumer applications. The company’s vertically integrated sourcing and production platform includes farming, wildland collection, and procurement of native grass, wildflower, and shrub seeds. The strategic partnership with Heartwood Partners will enable NativeSeed Group to refine its strategic growth plan, leveraging Heartwood’s operational expertise and industry experience to expand its market reach and optimize operations.

Rob Wendell, the CEO of NativeSeed Group, expressed his excitement about the partnership with Heartwood Partners. He cites their experience investing in agriculture-related businesses and a strong track record in growing niche businesses. The synergies between the two companies are expected to unlock value for customers by providing appropriate native plant communities that are hearty and more drought-tolerant, promoting diverse habitats, and helping restore lands damaged by development or natural disasters. James Sidwa, a Partner at Heartwood Partners, described NativeSeed Group as a perfect fit with their focus and experienced investing in agriculture and companies with strong ESG foundations. In addition, Heartwood Partners’ approach towards growth through investment in people, processes, and add-on acquisitions is expected to support NativeSeed Group’s strategic objectives, driving sustainable growth and delivering value to stakeholders.

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