Organic farmers need seeds that thrive without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and are adapted to their local climate and environmental conditions. The organic community needs more farmers who are trained to produce organic seed for themselves and for seed companies selling to other growers. OSA serves farmers through:
Organic Seed Alliance is a collaborator in organic plant breeding projects across the US. We work with farmers, universities, the seed industry, and agricultural organizations through participatory research models to deliver new regionally adapted crop varieties that meet the diverse production and market needs of organic agriculture. OSA serves researchers through:
OSA is a leading voice in organic seed advocacy. We promote policies and actions that protect farmer and plant breeder rights, and support the development of organic seed systems. OSA educates advocates on the benefits of organic seed and how we can advance important seed policy.
Organic consumers and food businesses have a stake in seed, since that's how most of our food begins. Unfortunately, much of the organic food sold is grown from non-organic seed -- seed that may have been developed with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. OSA is advancing seed systems that embrace the values of the organic movement to deliver more organic seed to farmers. Businesses can support us through:
Seed saving is one of the most powerful skills a farmer can practice. OSA's education results in more seed growers, more organic seed, and new varieties developed through on-farm plant breeding. Read more.
Farmers need more choice in seed. Through collaborative research, we're supporting a more robust organic seed supply in partnership with farmers, universities, and others. Read more.
Policy work is essential to advancing organic seed as the foundation of a healthy food system. Become a seed advocate by joining our campaigns and following our advocacy updates. Read more.