Organic Seed Producer Database

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional + Producer
Funds awarded in 2006: $15,960.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Western
State: Washington
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Dillon
Organic Seed Alliance

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: market study
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: soil quality/health

    Proposal abstract:

    This project to develop an organic seed producer database grew out the results of a survey conducted after a 2004 Seed Growers Conference. Survey respondents expressed a desire to expand their markets through increased visibility of their skills and production capacity. The database will serve three groups: 1) producers of organic seed in search of new contracts and markets for their product, 2) seed companies in search of certified organic seed producers and 3) organic farmers looking to purchase certified organic seed direct from the farm. The database will have several searchable fields. For example, seed producers will be able to list their contact information, the amount of organic acreage available for seed crops, their seasons of experience with hybrid and non-hybrid production, crops grown, specific varieties and amounts of seed available and so on. Once the database is completed, the group will launch a campaign encouraging seed companies to register as users and search the database. In turn, they’ll be able to post their desires for specific seed crops.

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