Next month, the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) will launch Organic Seed Finder, a free online tool for farmers, certifiers, and others looking to source certified organic seed.
The database aims to facilitate the growth and success of the organic seed sector, and support farmers in meeting the National Organic Program's organic seed requirement. Organic remains one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. food production.
Users can search by crop type for certified organic varieties in the marketplace and receive reliable seed availability information. The database will continue to expand with more seed vendors and varieties in the coming months.
"The organic community has long called for a new organic seed database," says Kristina Hubbard with Organic Seed Alliance, who facilitated a working group to support Organic Seed Finder. "When farmers find seed that is optimal for their farms, the entire organic food industry benefits."
Seed companies pay an annual fee to list their organic varieties in the database. Organic industry sponsorships also support Organic Seed Finder. If your business or organization would like to sponsor the database, or if you are a seed vendor interested in posting organic varieties, contact AOSCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 736-0120.
Organic Seed Finder will go live on October 1, 2012, at www.organicseedfinder.org.