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The Pacific Northwest has some of the best seed producing areas in the world. For example, Brassica vegetable seed crops produced in Washington and similar regions of Oregon have provided up to 50% of the US supply of seed and up to 25% of the world’s supply used to grow these vegetables. The region is therefore critical for expanding the US’s burgeoning organic seed trade, beginning with plant breeding. (See our regional assessment of organic plant breeding needs.)

Organic Seed Alliance’s collaborations with farmers, researchers, and the seed and food industry are fostering a regional seed system that is responsive to the needs of organic agriculture.

Organic Seed Alliance’s Pacific Northwest partnerships and projects are well-established. In 2015, we broke ground on a research field at Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, providing a central location for most of our organic variety trial, plant breeding, and seed production projects in the region. The farm also serves as a venue for workshops, tastings, and field days. We’ve hosted ten biennial Organic Seed Growers Conferences in the Pacific Northwest region as well.

Our Pacific Northwest research focuses on vegetable crops, some grains, and beneficial flowers for pollinators.

Here are a few project updates:
  • Breeding Carrots with Partners to Address Diverse Needs
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Supporting Local Farms
  • Partnership with Viva Farms Yields Seed to Tortilla Project
  • Glean and Clean Event Helps Feed Our Community
  • Celebrating Organic Research with Our Northwest Community

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“I can adapt crops to the conditions on my organic farm and in my regional climate thanks to my partnership with Organic Seed Alliance. I know how to grow crops. But I don’t know ho to breed them.”

– Nash Huber, Nash’s Organic Produce, Sequim, Washington

Pacific Northwest The Pacific Northwest has some of the best seed producing areas in the world. For example, Brassica vegetable seed crops produced in Washington and similar regions of Oregon

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These are some of the seed providers most often used by Maritime Pacific Northwest gardeners! Please note that, while we do our best to limit this list to quality sources, we have not done business with every group mentioned on this page. As such, we cannot vouch for the quality of the products provided by them.

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Seed Sources based in the Maritime Northwest

When purchasing seeds, many gardeners prefer to buy from companies located in their same geographic location. Here are some peoples’ favorites from around the Maritime Northwest.

Offering only certified organically grown seed, their certified organic farming and seed cleaning operations will guide this change. Varieties are from some of the finest organic and biodynamic seed farms in the world, and the quality represents the best of the best. Other varieties come from the private stock seed collection of Territorial Seed Company.

Flower seeds; $1 catalogue

Ed Hume has been supplying the Pacific Northwest with seeds and gardening advice for decades.

A family-owned business specializing in quality herb and vegetable seeds.

Certified organic by the “Oregon Tilth Certified” program and recognized by the States of Oregon and California.

“Seed that GROWS west of the Cascades.”.Vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.

A regionally-focused company with a demonstration and reasearch garden just south of Vancouver, Canada.

All seed is Organically Grown at Gathering Together Farm along the winding Marys River on the edge of Philomath, Oregon. All of this seed is open pollinated, untreated, germ and vigor tested in living soil mix, and well cleaned. These varieties have proven themselves popular and profitable in farmer’s markets locally and in fine restaurants on both coasts. Many of these same seeds are for sale in the other catalogs that they supply, but this is the only source for the entire commercial collection of Wild Garden Seed from Gathering Together Farm, organically certified since 1987.

Other Seed Sources

These merchants are not in the Northwest, but are popular among Northwest gardeners. Note that some of them are from the extreme northeastern US, where summer conditions aren’t much different than our own.

Over 600 distinct varieties of 100% organically grown seeds for the home gardener and over 100 varieties in bulk quantities for the market grower.

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