Author Archives: Micaela Colley

Expanding Spring Palates through Participatory Breeding

Local food can be scarce in early spring in the Northwest, but thanks to support from two specialty crop block grants administered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture, OSA is increasing the diversity of our spring palate. In partnership … Continue reading

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Spring Newsletter: Breaking New Ground

Spring has arrived, and our staff is busy breaking new ground at a research farm in Chimacum, Washington. This certified organic operation centralizes much of our research, education, and seed production in the region. We’ll be hosting volunteer work parties every … Continue reading

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Looking Back on OSA’s Successes in 2014

I’m excited to share our annual report with you today, which includes some of our most important successes in 2014. We are making tremendous progress in building regional seed systems, monitoring the state of organic seed at a national level, … Continue reading

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You Can Support Our Seed Stewards

The local, organic food movement has done a tremendous job of making us think about the people and places producing our food. We understand that from field to plate our purchasing decisions matter, and can lead to healthier meals for our families, a healthier planet, and healthier communities. Farmers growing our food also have an … Continue reading

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Inspiration in “Community Breeding”

From purple carrots to black tomatoes, plant breeders and seed companies showcased their upcoming new varieties to farmers and chefs at yesterday’s first Culinary Breeding Network (CBN) Variety Showcase in Portland, Oregon. CBN’s Lane Selman envisioned an event that would … Continue reading

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