Join the Farmer Seed Stewardship Network
The Farmer Seed Stewardship initiative represents a network of farmers who identify themselves as "seed stewards." To join the network, you must be a farmer who produces, saves, or improves at least one seed variety on your farm for commercial production or on-farm use. You may also be a farmer who conducts on-farm research or variety trials. As a seed steward, you support the following statement and principles:
Farmers who produce, save, or improve seed are central to expanding agricultural diversity and innovation. As a seed steward, I believe seed is an invaluable natural resource, and that I play an important role in managing seed in a manner that improves food quality, safeguards seed diversity for future generations, and advances organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. I support the development of seed policy that adheres to the following principles:
- Farmers have inherent rights, including the ability to produce, save, and improve seed.
- Conserving, improving, and developing regionally adapted seed is essential for the success of farmers, organic agriculture, and the greater global food supply.
- Access to diverse seed options enhances innovation and reverses the negative impacts of concentrated ownership of seed, patents on life, and restrictive licensing.
- Given the known risks of genetically engineered traits contaminating seed, the genetic integrity of seed must be protected.
- Public research should be aligned with the diverse and regional needs of farmers and the communities they serve.
“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.”