All of us at Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are still basking in the success of our 6th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held this past January. The conference drew more than 300 people in Port Townsend, WA, and an additional 200 participants via live webinars. We couldn’t be prouder of this record attendance.
What excites us most, however, is the participation across the globe in building seed systems that meet the needs of the organic community. Our conference provided evidence for this, and, indeed, shows we’ve reached a tipping point. More than ever, diverse members of the organic community are working together to ensure organic farmers have the seed they need to be successful.
In this newsletter, you’ll find valuable resources coming out of our conference, including the proceedings and archived webinars. You’ll also find upcoming events not to miss, like a repeat of our conference “Breeding for Nutrition” webinar. We’re also excited to announce a new breeding project focused on carrots and the 2011 NOVIC variety trial results. And if you live in the Southeast or California, don’t miss an opportunity to help us shape regional organic seed projects.
I want to personally thank our generous sponsors and everyone who participated in our biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference. We cannot build organic seed systems through collaborative research, education, and advocacy without your support and work. I look forward to seeing you at our next conference in 2014.
Warm wishes this spring,
Micaela Colley, Executive Director