Northwest Region Seed System
Regional engagement since 2003. The Northwest region contains some of the best seed producing areas in the world. In 2009, there were 27,000 acres of vegetable seed production in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, representing about 80% of the total vegetable seed acreage in the U.S. and valued at over 50 million dollars. Like many organic farmers throughout the U.S., Northwest farmers do not have access to high-quality organic seed that is adapted to their organic farms and regional climates, and meets their diverse market needs. Organic Seed Alliance was founded in Washington State and has been engaging with farmer partners to build a robust and resilient seed system through participatory plant breeding, variety improvements, collaborative research with universities, on-farm trainings, organic seed production manuals, and biennial conferences in the Northwest for a decade. To learn more about our work in this region, and to become a major investor in this project, please contact Cathleen McCluskey.
- Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative
- NOVIC: Breeding in Response to Farmers' Needs
- Carrots and Beets Put to Test at NOVIC Field Day
- Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture
- Organic Seed Growers Conference
- OSA Receives RMA Grant for Trainings in Climate and Seed
- Purple is the New Green: Winter Sprouting Broccoli
"Organic Seed Alliance has been an indispensable resource for our farm, from conducting field trials to producing seed. Organic seed is the cornerstone of our vegetable production. Without varieties that have been bred and selected for organic growing conditions, we would be left with low-vigor crops adapted to high-input farms."
Royal City, Washington