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.
“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