California Region 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.
“We know system diversity is one of the foundation stones to successful organic production and we have seen a demonstrated commitment from OSA to build that component of diversity relating to seed. I want to ensure my dollars to on-the-ground projects, a place where an emphasis to make an enduring difference is part of the mandate and where my dollars can be leveraged to build a stronger, healthier food system around the world.”