Our breeding projects embrace participatory plant breeding, a model that fosters true partnership between farmers and formal plant breeders. Farmers have an intimate knowledge of their farms and the production and market needs of the crops they grow, while plant breeders understand and teach the field-based breeding techniques necessary for developing varieties that address these needs. Together they form an equal partnership to provide genetically diverse seed for organic farms while building the knowledge base and skill set among farmers who operate as seed stewards.
These projects are funded by grants, individual contributions, and through seed and food company contracts. Some of these projects will result in commercialized varieties starting in 2014. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on these and other breeding projects.
"Organic Seed Alliance has been an indispensable resource for our farm, from conducting field trials to producing seed. Organic seed is the cornerstone of our vegetable production. Without varieties that have been bred and selected for organic growing conditions, we would be left with low-vigor crops adapted to high-input farms."
Royal City, Washington