Have You Taken Our National Organic Seed Survey?
If you are a certified organic crop producer, please take this survey. We conduct it every five years to monitor organic seed availability and use, challenges in sourcing organic seed, and organic plant breeding needs, among other important topics. Findings from this survey will be included in an updated version of our State of Organic Seed report (first published in 2011). Your participation is essential to this national assessment. Even if you do not currently use organic seed, we encourage you to take the survey here.
OSA recently bid farewell to staff member and friend Dr. John Navazio, who is re-locating cross-country to work as a plant breeder for Johnny's Selected Seeds. After serving more than ten years as our senior scientist, we're sad to see him go, but excited for the opportunity before him. Read the full newsletter here
Get Your OSA Benefit Bracelet
You can support Organic Seed Alliance with a purchase of a trendy Pura Vida bracelet (pictured right)! Get yours today from the Pura Vida website. This is just the beginning! Mark your calendars for the week of September 29th for an upcoming week-long special OSA t-shirt sale that benefits our work.
Organic Seed Webinar Available
“Understanding the National Organic Program Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed” is now archived and available at eXtension.org for anyone who missed the live broadcast on Friday, June 6, 2014. The webinar covers the availability of organic seed, as well as the National Organic Program’s 2013 guidance that aimed to clarify the organic seed regulatory requirement. Watch the webinar here
Publications Help Farmers Conduct Plant Breeding on Their Farms
Check out our organic plant breeding manuals that walk farmers through the methods of breeding new seed varieties on their farm. The publications include an introduction to on-farm organic plant breeding and three crop-specific breeding manuals covering carrots, sweet corn, and tomatoes. Learn more and download the publications
Save the Date for the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference
the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference to be held February 4 - 6, 2016 in Corvallis, Oregon. We are currently offering special early bird conference sponsorship opportunites. What is it all about? Here's what our participants' have to say about this one-of-a-kind gathering (video below or click here).
Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. We believe seed is part of our common cultural heritage – a living, natural resource that demands careful management to meet food needs now and into the future. We accomplish our mission through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more about OSA here.
“Organic seed is the foundation of organic agriculture and sustainable food systems, and the only true response to GMOs. I support OSA because it provides the technical expertise and organizational structure to establish regionally appropriate organic seed systems.”
The Earthwise Company
Chapel Hill, North Carolina