Summer 2015 Newsletter
It's hard to believe that summer is upon us. As you watch the growing season unfold, do me a favor and ask yourself a question: What do I wish I knew right now about seed production, plant breeding, or the politics of seed? Read full newsletter here.
Call for Input and Proposals: 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference
We invite you to help shape the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference by providing proposals for content. This is your opportunity to share important research and ask timely questions related to organic seed. Learn more and submit your proposal here.
New Report: Purple Sprouting Broccoli 2014-2015 Trial Results
A new report from OSA that details variety trial results for purple sprouting broccoli grown in Oregon and Washington is now available. Purple sprouting broccoli is an ideal crop for winter food production in the Pacific Northwest, and is gaining popularity as a produce item distinct from traditional broccoli. Download the report here.
Looking for 'Abundant Bloomsdale' and 'Who Gets Kissed?' Seed?
Are you looking to purchase seed of our newly released varieties? All companies selling 'Abundant Bloomsdale' spinach and 'Who Gets Kissed?' sweet corn are currently sold out due to popular demand, but more will be available this autumn. Check back soon.
You Can Support Thousands of Farmers Today
For more than a decade, OSA has worked side by side with farmers to save and improve non-GMO seed on their farms. Our research and education results in new stewards of this invaluable resource and more high-quality organic seed. Help us continue building partnerships that deliver seed developed by and for the organic community by making a tax-deductible donation today.
You Helped Us Achieve Great Things in 2014!
We are making tremendous progress in building regional seed systems, monitoring the state of organic seed at a national level, and, ultimately, protecting and expanding not just the diversity of seed available to farmers, but the knowledge necessary for stewarding seed now and into the future. Read the full electronic 2014 Annual Report here or download the physical report here (opens to PDF).
OSA on the Screen
OSA was featured in Growing a Greener World, an award-winning show on public television that showcases organic food and farming. The episode, "The Seed Farmer," explores our innovative approach to protecting and improving organic seed diversity. Watch the episode here
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 conference sponsorship opportunities. 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.
“OSA is a convener, partner, and leader in creating the alternative -- a regionally based seed system by us and for us. Collaboration in their spinach breeding work has given me hands-on experience through which I've gained both skills and confidence as a seed grower.”
Common Ground Farm