How Are We Different From Other Seed Companies?
Only urban seed producer
Grow, process and sell organic local seed
Collaborate with local seed savers
Collect data on micro-climate specific variety trials
Educate community on seed issues and processing procedures
Encourage gardening as a part of healthier communities
Represent an example of successful urban farm
Why Local Seeds Production Matters
Seed Industry History
150 years ago, seed industry as we know it today did not exist. In fact, in 1850 the United States Department of Agriculture started a massive seed sharing to encourage population growth and access to food. This policy gave way to huge population growth and helped fuel the movement west in search of new land. During this time farmers became selecting their crops for the best qualities and crossing them to produce the first wave of hybrids. This gleeful time of free seeds would not last forever. In 1924 seed company lobbyists ended the seed distribution programs citing it was unfair competition. By this time college agricultural programs and county and state programs were developed to variety trail, test and create new varieties. After World War Two a boom of new seed varieties entered the market. Once again, large seed companies became wise to this and started to purchase and consolidate small seed companies as a business tactic. On June 16, 1980 the June 16, 1980 Supreme court ruled that genetic material could be owned. This allowed companies to own the genetics in a particular variety giving them the only right to sell it. After this controversial decision, huge changes in the industry went underway. With little government oversight a unprecedented shift from public to private industry was concentrated in few multinational companies.