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
State of Organic Seed -- New Survey Just Released!
We are excited to announce the distribution of our 2014 organic producer seed survey. This national survey is conducted 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). If you are a certified organic crop producer, please take the survey. Your participation is essential to this national assessment. Even if you do not currently use organic seed, we encourage you to take the survey. Take the survey 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).
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