Organic Seed Alliance is not a membership organization. We are an Alliance. We are built of partnerships and create spaces for these partnerships to emerge and thrive outside our influence. Any individual or organization whose work, values, vision, or sense of shared responsibility aligns with ours (however imperfectly) is part of this Alliance, whether we’ve been working together for years or have yet to meet.
Our commonality is the seed that we steward for the generations to come. Our crops may be different. Our paths of stewardship may twist and bend at different points. We might disagree with each other at times. But we build relationships through our work, our values, and our shared responsibility to seed. These relationships, whether constantly aligned or often debating, form our Alliance. We’re grateful to be doing this work built on these partnerships, because we know that we can do so much more together to ensure seed stays in the hands of the many rather than the few.
We are committed to our partnerships of today and those of tomorrow. And in that spirit we are pleased to announce that Cathleen McCluskey has taken on a new role as OSA’s Outreach Director. Cathleen has been with the organization since 2010 and will lead our work building and growing relationships with the communities we serve, and fostering diversity and accessibility in our research, education, and advocacy programs.
“The seeds and stewards who we work with have many stories, many histories, and many visions for the future,” shares McCluskey. “This wide breadth is exciting and can be a powerful force in building seed systems that keep seeds in the hands of the people. I am constantly in awe of the deep connections made through seed work and look forward to growing this alliance in my new position.”
The mission of Organic Seed Alliance – the work of teaching farmers to save, grow, and improve seed, and advocating for policies that support their success – is imperative now more than ever. And working in solidarity with you, our Alliance, is the only way to get it done.