About US

The Wild Farmlands Foundation was established by a group of regional farmers and businessmen on the Central Coast of California with a vision to see small, independently owned farms serving local communities thrive and increase in numbers worldwide.

Want to visit the farm or learn more about agroecology and the nature-based solutions we are refining on the ranch and berry farm? We would love to show you around, but please contact us in advance to schedule your visit.

Restoration Oaks Ranch
1980 US Highway 101
Gaviota, CA 93117





 EdS HatProfile 175Ed Seaman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Wild Farmlands Foundation, President of Creekside Business Services, General Manager of Santa Barbara Blueberries, serves as a board member for Join-Up International, and previously served as a founding board member for the Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy. He is passionate about youth education, naturally-grown foods and local environmental stewardship.

Ed is a high energy leader with more than twenty years of experience in marketing, technology and business development with certifications from Google, Microsoft, SAP and others, was a ground-breaking small business coach with ActionCOACH California and a two-time distinguished Star of Excellence- nominated Information Technology Manager for Medtronic Neurosurgery. ed@wildfarmlands.org


Daniel co-founded Agility Capital in 1999. He has 25 years of experience providing structured debt products to emerging growth venture capital backed and small cap public companies. He has been involved with over 500 transactions.

In 1996 he co-founded Sand Hill Capital, a leading Venture Debt provider located in Menlo Park, California. He served as a General Partner and was involved with all facets of the fund.

Daniel has private company operating experience serving as the co-founder and CFO of Planetweather, an internet based weather site and as interim Chairman of Paraform Corporation, a digital software company.


PaulMetzner-110Paul's executive career spans nearly 2 decades, including both startup and Fortune 50 executive experience. He has founded and co-founded several successful entities, including 2 renewable energy companies, and has raised more than $20 million in grants to support non-profit entities and causes.

Paul has a MBA, CPA, Real Estate Broker's license and General Contractor's License. He is a world traveler and supports preservation of peoples, places, cultures, and resources.


PaulMetzner-110Shay is the Human Resources & Retail Manager of Santa Barbara Blueberries and the Manager of Executive Manager of Restoration Oaks Retreats and Weddings. She started her career as the Office Manager for the Sheet Metal Union in Santa Barbara and left the workforce to raise her family. Shay is the mother of four that has had the unique priviledge of homeschooling her four (now adult) children through high school.



PaulMetzner-110Camron Baker is the Youth Pastor overseeing the Junior High program with Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. An avid outdoorsman, he has spent many hours on Restoration Oaks Ranch and grown to love it. Camron has deep roots in the local youth community. He is a local leader among the next generation of young men and women that comprehend the importance of lands like Restoration Oaks Ranch to a healthy future, and is willing to engage to preserve it.