California Regional Seed System

Regional engagement since 2010. California currently leads the nation in vegetable seed production, yet less than half (38%) of the vegetable seed planted to organic farms is organic, according to our State of Organic Seed report. Like many organic farmers around the U.S., California’s organic growers often rely on conventionally produced seed because of a lack of organic seed in the varieties they need and a lack of sufficient quantities. There is a clear need for more organic seed and more diversity of organic seed. With the right tools, California farmers have the ability to help fill that demand. OSA is building a robust seed system in California by expanding our research, education, and advocacy in the region. To learn more about our work in this region, and to become a major investor in this project, please contact Jared Zystro.

 

 

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“As we enter our future world of depleting natural resources, having a diversity of seed adapted to local ecologies will be essential to food security."

 

Frederick Kirschenmann

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Ames, Iowa