A Letter From Our Director

broccoli_mic2_smallInspirational. Professional. Scientific.

These are just a few words used by participants to describe our 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference held in Corvallis, Oregon, this past January. (Read more reviews and highlights here.) Thanks again to our generous sponsors as well as our co-hosts, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and eOrganic.

If you were one of the 450 in attendance, please fill out our short evaluation. And if you couldn’t attend, get a healthy dose of the research and conversations shared by listening to eOrganic’s webinar archive and downloading our conference proceedings, which include more than 50 papers. Don’t miss the keynote address delivered by High Mowing Organic Seeds founder Tom Stearns and a special anniversary address by OSA co-founder Matthew Dillon. These talks are sure to stir your heart and mind.

We’ll be posting our 2016 Organic Seed Growers Conference dates soon, and mark your calendars for the next Organicology conference: February 5 – 7, 2015.

Read on for more news from OSA. We’ve released three new publications since our last newsletter, all of which support farmers in organic seed production and variety sourcing. And we traveled to Washington, DC, to deliver the important message that public plant breeding is essential to the future of seed and food. You’ll find that we’ve also been fostering regional seed systems in the Northwest through our collaboration with Greenbank Farm.

Our work would not be possible without your support. This spring we’re sending contributors our limited edition ‘Abundant Bloomsdale’ poster (available while supplies last). Please help “seed” our work at whatever level you can afford.

Best wishes this planting season,

Mic Signature



Micaela Colley
Executive Director

Read the full spring 2014 newsletter here.

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