7th Organic Seed Growers Conference
Register today and join conference hosts Organic Seed Alliance, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and eOrganic January 30 - February 1, 2014 in Corvallis, Oregon for the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference.
Registration deadline is January 19, 2014.
The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, university extension, certifiers, food companies, seed production and distribution companies, and other organic stakeholders in two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. There are also farm visits and short courses prior to the two-day conference.
Join us for this unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen our organic seed community – it’s the only event of its kind!
- Farmers, seed producers, plant breeders, and researchers working in organic seed systems
- Seed companies selling organic seed or looking to enter the organic sector
- Non-organic farmers and seed producers interested in organic seed production
- University extension looking to expand organic seed education and outreach
- Farmers interested in maintaining genetic purity of the seed they source
- Organic certifiers interested in learning about organic seed systems and surrounding issues
- Government employees involved in plant breeding
- Government employees engaged in food, farm, and rural policy and research
- Non-government seed advocacy, research, and education organizations
- Food companies, cooperatives, and processors in the organic sector
Registration for trade show booths at the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference is now open! This is your business or organization’s best opportunity to showcase your products and work, while networking with conference participants throughout the weekend.
Join Organic Seed Alliance and Oregon Tilth for this day-long pre-conference tour of organic seed production in the Willamette Valley. Participants will visit multiple sites and learn first-hand about organic seed research and production of varying sizes in the area.
Conference participants are in for a treat this year. The agenda is packed and includes 70 experts in the fields of organic plant breeding, seed research, enterprise development, seed economics, policy, and more.
Have questions about the conference location, where to stay, how to get to Corvallis, and more? Visit our Conference FAQ page for all your conference related questions.
Committing sponsorship funds is essential to the success of this conference. Sponsorship also helps us keep registration costs down and supports farmer scholarship funds for farmers and students.
Our Platinum Sponsors
Seed Matters is an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation designed to improve and protect organic seed to ensure an adequate supply of productive crops for the health of people and the planet. Seed Matters directs its support toward organic seed research and education projects that conserve crop diversity, protect farmers’ roles and rights as seed innovators and stewards, and reinvigorate public seed research and education.
Our Gold Sponsors
Annie's, Inc. is a natural and organic food company based in Berkeley, California. For more than twenty years, we have nourished families with simple, down-to-earth foods that taste great. Annie’s is driven by a team of folks who are passionate about food, people, and the planet we all share. That’s why we seek out the best ingredients Mother Earth has to offer, harvesting pure, natural flavors to make delicious foods for all families.
Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture that offers educational events nationwide and provides organic certification services to growers, processors and handlers across the USA and internationally.
Organic Farming Research Foundation's mission is to foster the adoption and improvement of widespread organic farming systems. At Organic Farming Research Foundation, our vision is for organic farming to be the leading form of agriculture in America. Organic farming is the backbone to resilient, prosperous people who thrive on a healthy planet. Organic Farming Research Foundation serves farmers by: providing improved organic farming practices; creating a relevant and vital support network; and advocating for federal policies that support organic research, education and programs. We support the success of organic farmers through research, education, policy, and community.
UNFI Foundation is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable and organic food production and consumption. We support those organizations that: increase organic food production and consumption; provide research and science to develop organic farming practices; organize conferences and collaborative education forums for new and innovative ideas; protecting the biodiversity of our seed supply, and the stewardship of genetic resources of organic seed; promote transparent labeling in our food supply; teach sustainable farming practices that promote conservation of resources; support organizations that foster the next generation of sustainable and organic farmers; utilize resources to provide nutrients and micro-nutrients among at-risk populations; and educate consumers on the importance of healthy food choices, and the relationship between food and health. We are proud to fund innovative new programs that support the development of healthy, sustainable foods and food practices, and the health of our planet.
Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic food retailer and America’s first national certified organic grocer. Since we opened our doors in 1980, we have offered the highest quality natural and organic foods available while focusing on enhancing the experiences of our customers, Team Members, investors, local and global communities as well as the environment. As reflected in our Core Values, we are committed and dedicated to helping support a thriving, healthy planet.
Our Silver Sponsors
Bejo Seeds, the world’s largest producer of certified organic vegetable seeds, offers a wide range of high-quality hybrid varieties. Bejo breeding focuses on strong root systems, optimum nutrition, enhanced disease resistance, uniformity, and outstanding flavor. Partner with Bejo to be organic from seed to plate!
Cafe Mam coffee is 100% organic and fair trade certified, shade-grown, and roasted to-order. Café Mam coffee is grown in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico by Mayan-decent farmers on their own small, family-owned farms, and fresh roasted in Eugene, Oregon.
High Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently-owned, farm-based seed company dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and providing farmers and gardeners with the highest quality certified organic seed.
Organically Grown Company Founded in 1978, employee and grower-owned Organically Grown Company (OGC) is the largest organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest. OGC’s trademarked LADYBUG brand represents over fourty family-owned farms in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
PCC Natural Markets has partnered with Washington growers for more than fourty years to provide shoppers with fresh, organic produce. We’re proud to support local farmers who are committed to organic practices, helping to preserve, and strengthen organic agriculture.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers 700+ heirloom, organic, and open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower varieties, plus garlic, perennial onions and seed saving supplies. Our mission is to conserve genetic resources and ensure that people retain control of their food supply
Vitalis Organic Seeds is a professional organic seed company in protected and field crop varieties of tomato, pepper, cucumber, spinach, squash, lettuce, leek, and cauliflower segments. Our organic variety assortment of vegetable and herb seeds provide organic growers exactly what they need: high quality organic seed in the varietal assortment and quantities desired.
Our Bronze Sponsors
Download archived conference proceedings from our publications page.
“OSA is a convener, partner, and leader in creating the alternative -- a regionally based seed system by us and for us. Collaboration in their spinach breeding work has given me hands-on experience through which I've gained both skills and confidence as a seed grower.”
Common Ground Farm