Welcome to the Organic Seed Partnership
Organic Seed Partnership is a collaborative effort of universities,
government agencies, non-profits, and vegetable growers
working to make organic vegetable varieties more available to all. The
Organic Seed Partnership includes the work done under the Public Seed
Initiative, the Organic Seed Partnership and the Northern Organic Vegetable
Improvement Collaborative. For the next four years we have funding
as part of NOVIC to continue this
This project is a collaborative effort of Oregon
State University, University
of Wisconsin, USDA-
ARS, PGRU (Geneva, NY), Cornell
University and Organic
Seed Alliance (Washington) and will help continue and expand
organic vegetable breeding and outreach.
a national network of organic
vegetable breeders working with each other and regional
growers to benefit the organic community with improved vegetable
varieties that are adapted to organic systems combined with
disease resistance, nutritional and flavor quality, and contemporary
productivity traits crucial to modern markets.
on five crops that span a growing season: pea, broccoli, sweet
corn, carrots and winter squash.
trialing and evaluation of material at various stages
of development will provide key information regarding adaptability
and will be ideal for soliciting regional participant grower
input and guidance for further improvement toward cultivar
breeding and the deployment of soil health tests developed
at Cornell that measure biological and physical properties,
in addition to traditional chemical tests, will allow a more
detailed understanding of plant performance at each site.
activities will make the results of this work more accessible.
student training and summer internships at each hub will be
key aspects of the work.
- Workshops will be conducted and media will be developed to reinforce
grower collaborations regarding the breeding, trialing and
seed saving methods for each crop.
For 2010 the Northeast hubs will continue breeding efforts in squash and
pea and trialing and outreach efforts in all six crops. We will
input at all stages of the project. We are looking for participating
growers for our on-farm trials of pea, broccoli, sweet corn, carrots
and winter squash and most likely late blight tomatoes. In each case
we will have about 9 varieties in each trial. Please contact Michael
if you are interested in participating.
have funding to support growers efforts for the on-farm singled