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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“Organic seed is the foundation of organic agriculture and sustainable food systems, and the only true response to GMOs. I support OSA because it provides the technical expertise and organizational structure to establish regionally appropriate organic seed systems.”

 

Tony Kleese

The Earthwise Company

Chapel Hill, North Carolina