Organic Seed Alliance

Port Townsend, WA



The mission of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is to advance the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. OSA accomplishes this through research, education, and advocacy services that closely engage farmers and other agricultural community members. They work collaboratively with multiple universities around the country and many organic farmers throughout the Pacific Northwest to improve existing varieties and breed new ones.

The OSA breeding work is led by Laurie McKenzie and focuses on developing open-pollinated varieties. They are currently breeding and improving many crops including carrots, tomatoes, onions, beets, Swiss chard, arugula, cilantro, cabbage, kale and purple sprouting broccoli.