California Regional Seed System
Regional engagement since 2010. California currently leads the nation in vegetable seed production, yet less than half (38%) of the vegetable seed planted to organic farms is organic, according to our State of Organic Seed report. Like many organic farmers around the U.S., California’s organic growers often rely on conventionally produced seed because of a lack of organic seed in the varieties they need and a lack of sufficient quantities. There is a clear need for more organic seed and more diversity of organic seed. With the right tools, California farmers have the ability to help fill that demand. OSA is building a robust seed system in California by expanding our research, education, and advocacy in the region. To learn more about our work in this region, and to become a major investor in this project, please contact Jared Zystro.
“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