Mar 17, 2020
Directory of US organic seed growers launched

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Photo: USDA/Lance Cheung

The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has created a directory for U.S. growers of organic seed.

The new effort is designed to help seed buyers connect with a variety of growers.

“Seed producers are invited to create a profile in this directory so wholesale seed purchasers can easily find and connect with them,” according to the OSA website. “Creating a profile only takes a few minutes.”

As of March 17, the group had nearly 50 seed producers registered. Among the states, California had the most with ten seed producers listed.

The national group advocates for seed systems that “are democratic and just, support human and environmental health, and deliver genetically diverse and regionally adapted seed to farmers everywhere,” according to group’s website.

The group’s 10th annual Organic Seed Growers Conference in February drew more than 400 participants from 36 U.S. states and 12 countries, and an additional 100 people joined the conference via live webinar. Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) co-hosted the event with Oregon State University, Washington State University’s Food Systems Program, and eOrganic.

“OSA was inspired by the diversity of perspectives and practices represented at the event,” OSA Executive Director Cara Loriz said in a press release. “Our hope is that the organic seed sector – and the movement underpinning its integrity and success – is strengthened by the discussion, debate, and relationship building that took place last week.”

Prior to the conference, over 100 people took part in a bus tour of seed production and plant breeding locations throughout the Willamette Valley, according to the press release. That tour was sponsored by Oregon Tilth.

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