Regional Seed Systems
OSA is building strong regional seed networks across the U.S. to create change on a national scale. Over the years we have expanded our services on the ground in the Northwest and California, and are currently expanding into the Southeast. These services include education for farmers, students, and industry to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of organic seed produced in the region. This education also increases the capacity for farmers and others to engage in variety trials and plant breeding activities. Collectively these regional networks represent a national movement of seed stewardship, fostering collaborative research and new markets for seed production and distribution.
“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.”