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 2015. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on these and other breeding projects.
“Organic seed is the foundation of organic agriculture and sustainable food systems, and the only true response to GMOs. I support OSA because it provides the technical expertise and organizational structure to establish regionally appropriate organic seed systems.”
The Earthwise Company
Chapel Hill, North Carolina