Last month, over 1,200 seed people from 48 U.S. states and 39 countries from across the Earth participated virtually in the weeklong 11th Organic Seed Growers Conference. The biennial gathering is the largest conference in the U.S. focused solely on organic seed, and creates spaces where experienced and emerging seed stewards can convene timely conversations, educational trainings, and strategy sessions. This year’s conference was held on Organic Seed Commons, a new online platform where seed people can connect, learn, and grow with one another.
The conference agenda included over 70 sessions and 180+ presenters, and offered live Spanish and French interpretation. The event was envisioned and developed by the Conference Planning Committee led by Organic Seed Alliance’s outreach director Cathleen McCluskey.
Event Space and Session Recordings
All conference sessions, networking, the seed swap, and celebrations were held in Organic Seed Commons. The event space is still live and includes sessions recordings, pre-recorded virtual farm tours, poster sessions, and lightning talks, and other seed resources. We welcome you to explore the event space. If you’re not already in Organic Seed Commons, you’ll be prompted to join when you click the button below.
Most conference sessions were recorded, including panel discussions, research presentations, and the opening and closing ceremonies with keynote presentations from Jim Embry of the Sustainable Communities Network and Vivien Sansour of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. These are available in the conference event space.
The conference proceedings include more than 55 papers and abstracts from the more than 180 session, poster, and lightning talk presenters on a wide array of topics within the tracks of seed growing, plant breeding, policy advocacy, and seed stories and culture. These are available for free download in OSA’s resource library.
Tees, Tanks, and Sweatshirts
Grab your 2022 Organic Seed Growers Conference gear featuring the 2022 logo today! Proceeds from shirt sales support the event, in particular our ability to keep registration costs affordable. Artwork by the incredibly talented Carmen Kelly.
Explore Organic Seed Commons
Conference recordings and discussions are only one corner of Organic Seed Commons. You can connect with people by interest, join conversations by topic, find folks near you in regional groups, launch your own interest group, and continue connecting with conference participants.