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.

 

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“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.”

 

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Seattle, Washington