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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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OSGATA Re-Establishes Farmer Travel Fund

OSGATA Re-Establishes Farmer Travel Fund

OSGATA has re-instituted its Farmer Travel Fund, which was previously used for travel costs associated with plaintiff-farmers, from across North America, traveling to legal proceedings in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit. The re-launching of the Farmer Travel Fund (FTF) will enable OSGATA farmers and personnel to attend key organic

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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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11 Steps to Avoid GE Contamination

11 Steps to Avoid GE Contamination

“Organic Farmers Must Do These 11 Things Just to Prevent Being Contaminated (and Sued),” recently posted on AltHealth Network, summarizes the principles elaborated on in OSGATA’s Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing. Supplemented by an interview with OSGATA President and Maine-based organic seed farmer

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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 Report: Who Benefits from GM Crops?

New Report: Who Benefits from GM Crops?

“Who Benefits from GM Crops?,” a new report issued by Friends of the Earth International, offers insight into the state of GM agriculture on a global scale. Part one of the report breaks down the myth that genetically modified (GM) crops have achieved worldwide agricultural success, analyzing statistics from each continent while also

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OSGATA at the National Heirloom Expo

OSGATA will be attending the 4th annual National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA, on September 9th, 10th, and 11th. Dubbed the “World’s Fair of Pure Food,” this not-for-profit event is centered around pure food, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. More than 100 speakers will be presenting at the Expo on

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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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OSGATA Joins Coalition Filing Legal Petition with USDA over NOSB Independen​ce

OSGATA Joins Coalition Filing Legal Petition with USDA over NOSB Independen​ce

  Twenty organic farm and consumer groups have filed a legal petition with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in order to protect the authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The petitioners object to recent changes to the NOSB charter, renewed on May 8, 2014, that undermine the mandatory and

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USDA Seeks Comments on GE “Innate” Potato

USDA Seeks Comments on GE "Innate" Potato

USDA Comments Sought for Further Assessment on the Simplot GE “Innate” Potato. What are the Possible Risks? By Guest Blogger, Lyn Howe, PhD Physiology     The USDA seeks public comments on an environmental assessment and a plant pest risk assessment for a new GE potato, engineered to have fewer acrylamides

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Preserving Seeds for the Commons

Preserving Seeds for the Commons

  Preserving Seeds for the Commons By Guest Blogger, Lyn Howe, Beach Road Farm, HI       Presently over 75% of proprietary seeds are owned by 10 companies, but a new Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), introduced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, seeks to provide an alternative to this

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Student-Driven Organic Plant Breeding

Student-Driven Organic Plant Breeding

The Student Organic Seed Symposium (SOSS) launched in 2012 in an effort to increase the capacity to advance crop improvement for sustainable agriculture through fostering dialogue between students interested in organic plant breeding, researchers, and organic seed industry professionals. Now in their 3rd year, SOSS is preparing a three-day symposium to be held at

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OSGATA at the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

OSGATA at the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

April 29, 2014, kicked off the first day of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in San Antonio, TX. The USDA  has advanced with its illegal take-over of the NOSB.  The NOSB was established by Congress as a citizen oversight board of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). This relationship is spelled out in

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Farming In Harmony with Nature

Farming In Harmony with Nature

  To commemorate International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations hosted its 4th Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature on April 22, 2014. OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen presented “Advantages & Challenges of Organic Farming: A Farming System Based on Harmony with Nature”

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Special Earth Day Screening of Open Sesame

Special Earth Day Screening of Open Sesame

  A special screening of Open Sesame- The Story of Seeds, is showing Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30pm at Union Square Stadium Theater in New York City. This Earth Day event features an informal seed swap and a Q&A with OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, Ken Greene from

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