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.

 

 

Summer Newsletter

Summer sweet corn: Is there anything better? How about a sweet corn that was developed with organic farmers in mind -- an open-pollinated variety that germinates in cool spring conditions without the use of fungicides and demonstrates superb taste? Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is a proud collaborator in a participatory plant breeding project that developed just that. Read the full newsletter here

 

 

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 new 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 new publications

 

 

Help 'Seed' Our Work!

Our work would not be possible without your support! This summer we’re sending contributors our limited edition 'Abundant Bloomsdale' poster (available while supplies last).

 

 

 

About Us

 

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.

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“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.”

 

Alec McElrich

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Seattle, Washington


Seed Broadcast
July 31, 2014
From the Field: Carrot, Spinach, and Onion Seed
[caption id="attachment_4939" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) trial. Copyright OSA.[/caption] Last month we shared some notes from our carrot breeding...

July 30, 2014
Upcoming Carrot Field Day in Washington State
Join us for the upcoming "Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Field Day" to be held August 15, 2014, at the Washington State University Extension Research Farm in Pasco, Washington. The field...