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Johnny’s Selected Seeds hosts farm tours for Student Organic Seed Symposium

Johnny's Selected Seeds hosts farm tours for Student Organic Seed Symposium

Press release by Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Waterville, Maine: August 5–8, 2016 — Johnny’s Selected Seeds greeted the fifth annual Student Organic Seed Symposium (SOSS) with a full-day tour of its research farm and facilities in Albion and Winslow. From their base at Colby College, a group of 50 students and global leaders […]

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Seedlight: Organic Seed Grower Ryan Batalden

Seedlight: Organic Seed Grower Ryan Batalden

Meet Organic Seed Grower Ryan Batalden     Farm Name: Batalden Farms     Location: Lamberton, MN     Ryan says… “When I think of organic seed, I think of seed that is better adapted to organic systems and hard to find. I am a full-time farmer, all certified organic, working on our family farm […]

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OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 5-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, is the conference for organic seed growers. This biennial conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food companies, organic certifiers, policy advocates, and other stakeholders for two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. It is  […]

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Help Organic Farmers & Get a Garlic Gift Pack!

Help Organic Farmers & Get a Garlic Gift Pack!

  OSGATA launched its end-of-year fundraising campaign yesterday on #GivingTuesday, and we’re already more than a quarter of the way to our $5,000 goal. To help us close the gap, OSGATA members have generously donated gifts produced by them. Today, December 2, 2015, OSGATA member Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is offering garlic […]

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Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off

Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off

  Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off 1. This will be just another Tax on farmers either directly or indirectly when processors pass the cost down. 2. Want to promote the benefits of Organic? You can’t in a check-off. Even something as simple and accurate as “Organic is the Gold […]

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Organic Farmers Protect Pollinators

Organic Farmers Protect Pollinators

A staggering 75% of food crops rely on pollinators for production− from oil seeds and nuts, to fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Honey bees alone are responsible for pollinating approximately $12.4 billion in crops annually. A new study found wild bees to be roughly equivalent in economic value to domesticated colonies. […]

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Organic Seed Growers Conference Call for Proposals

Organic Seed Growers Conference Call for Proposals

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 4-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, brings together the organic seed community in two days of presentations and networking events focused on organic seed. Hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance, the conference theme is Cultivating Resilience. Proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels addressing […]

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OSGATA Membership Votes To Oppose Industry’s Organic Check-off

OSGATA Membership Votes To Oppose Industry's Organic Check-off

A recent referendum by the OSGATA membership resulted in unanimous opposition to the “Organic Check-off” proposed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Significantly, not a single vote was cast in favor of the Organic Check-off. Last week, the OTA formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate a vote and requisite […]

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Defending Organic Agriculture: Acres U.S.A. Interview with OSGATA’s Jim Gerritsen

Defending Organic Agriculture: Acres U.S.A. Interview with OSGATA's Jim Gerritsen

“Defending Organic Agriculture: Farmer, Advocate Jim Gerritsen Strives to Preserve Organic Integrity in the Face of Mounting Threats,” recently published in Acres U.S.A. chronicles OSGATA President Gerritsen’s agrarian activism from the very start of his certified organic seed farm in Northern Maine to today.   “What really sets Gerritsen apart, though, is […]

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Fruition Seeds in the Dominican Republic: Reflections on Seed

By Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds We are fortunate to live in a country where we have access to certified organic, regionally adapted varieties that are open-pollinated for us to save, even if we don’t plan to ever save a single seed.  I (Petra) spent the last week of January in the Dominican […]

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Turns Out, The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

Turns Out, The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

  Excerpt from: “Turns Out The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds” by Kristin Ohlson (published by takepart)         Sarah Kleeger pointed to a goldfinch perched on a waist-high millet plant and scowled, tightening her grip as the black cat in her arms twitched with […]

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Adaptive Seeds: Bringing Biodiversity Back

Adaptive Seeds: Bringing Biodiversity Back

Sarah Kleeger & Andrew Still, Adaptive Seeds, Sweet Home, OR ­­Established in 2009, and certified organic since 2013, Adaptive Seeds is a seed company with a serious mission: to provide quality foundation material for the individual seed saving and stewardship needs of their customer base. In other words, co-founders and […]

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Wood Prairie Farm: Pioneering Organic Seed Potato Production

Wood Prairie Farm: Pioneering Organic Seed Potato Production

    Jim & Megan Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater, ME ­­ Wood Prairie Farm consists of 115 acres of isolated farmland bordering the North Woods of Aroostook County, Maine. Here OSGATA Board President Jim Gerritsen, along with his wife Megan and their four children, dedicate their lives to organic […]

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Beach Road Farm: Saving Hawaii’s Seed

Beach Road Farm: Saving Hawaii's Seed

  Lyn Howe and Geoff Rauch, Beach Road Farm, Pahoa, HI Lyn Howe and Geoff Rauch cultivate a diverse three-acre polyculture on a 750-year-old lava flow spanning the main island of Hawaii. Over 130 different varieties of fruit are interplanted with nut and spice trees, medicinal and culinary herbs, some […]

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Stephens Land & Cattle: Replanting for Adaptation

Stephens Land & Cattle: Replanting for Adaptation

Bryce Stephens, Stephens Land & Cattle ­­ Stephens Land & Cattle, owned and operated by OSGATA Vice-President Bryce Stephens and his family, spans 880 acres in Jennings, Kansas. This land, in the Stephens family for five generations, is now divided almost equally between pasture for livestock and certified organic forage, grain, and seed crops. […]

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Fruition Seeds: A New Direction for Seed in the Northeast

Fruition Seeds: A New Direction for Seed in the Northeast

 Petra Page-Mann & Matthew Goldfarb, Fruition Seeds   Fruition Seeds, an organic seed company located in northern New York state, was founded in 2012 with a vision to revitalize the organic seed supply in the Northeast− a region not typically known for seed-growing. Fruition co-founders and farmers Petra Page-Mann and […]

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Seeds, Law and Identity: Conserving Biodiversity

Seeds, Law and Identity: Conserving Biodiversity

  Stephens Land and Cattle, an OSGATA member farm located in Allsion, Kansas, annually plants around 200 acres of ‘Turkey Red’ wheat- accounting for the “largest planting in decades” of  this heirloom grain that spanned 9.2 million acres of Kansas farmland in 1919. ‘Turkey’ is a landrace cultivar: it adapts to the bioregion […]

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OSGATA Member Seven Tree Farm Featured as “Early Garlic Pioneer”

OSGATA Member Seven Tree Farm Featured as "Early Garlic Pioneer"

Boom times for garlic in Maine From the Portland Press Herald By Mary Pols Staff Writer mpols@pressherald.com | @MaryPols | 207-791-6456 “Roberta Bailey and Rob Lemire’s garlic fields at Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro are not visible from the road, but on a hot July day, the smell wafts all […]

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New Survey to Assess State of Organic Seed

New Survey to Assess State of Organic Seed

OSGATA member Organic Seed Alliance recently announced their 2014 survey to assess the challenges and opportunities facing organic seed. Conducted every five years as part of an ongoing “State of Organic Seed” project, this national survey  monitors organic seed availability and use, challenges in sourcing organic seed, and organic plant […]

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Hoop Houses Produce Quality Dry-Seeded Crops in the Northeast

Hoop Houses Produce Quality Dry-Seeded Crops in the Northeast

  By Guest Blogger, Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds (Originally posted on Fruition Seeds “Sow What?” Blog)             Lettuce & many dry-seeded crops are challenging to produce in humid climates, like the Northeastern U.S. Our hot, humid summers make saving certain kinds of seed nearly impossible. […]

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