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 Alliance's work is crucial, and helps farmers regain control of their seed supply to ensure a more resilient food system. OSA is creating an organic seed system to better serve the interests of organic growers."

 

Hanako Myers and Marko Colby

Midori Farm

Port Townsend, Washington