FFSC Featured in Produce News
FFSC was featured in Produce News....getting the word out about our organic, public-domain, farmer to farmer seed! Check out the article below, and read this terrific publication online. Organic seed cooperative ‘taking root’ across country Produce News by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar April 24, 2012 With more than a dozen grower members producing organic seed in seven states — and as many diverse growing regions — Family Farmers Seed Cooperative is working to provide an alternative seed source for farming operations. FFSC’s home offices are located in southern Oregon, and the cooperative, launched in 2008, works to engage with “numerous partners to develop, improve and conduct field trials on organic, non-gmo, open pollinated seed, and protect seed sovereignty, family farmers, sustainable agriculture and organic non-gmo seed,” according to the organization’s web site. To that end, FFSC’s membership consists of 14 farms and dozens of crop seeds developed for climate conditions across the country...click here to continue.
FFSC Member Article on OSGATA et. al. GMO lawsuit in Capital Press (Jonathan Spero)
FFSC member Jonathan Spero wrote an article for The Capital Press on the OSGATA et. al. lawsuit against Monsanto. FFSC is a co-plaintiff in the suit, and many FFSC member farms are also co-plaintiffs individually. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Monsanto's patents on GMO seeds and protect farmers who don't grow GMO crops from patent-infringement lawsuits if their crops are contaminated by pollen from nearby GMO crops. A federal judge overturned the suit and OSGATA et al. are appealing the decision. Check out the blog for Jonathan's analysis and call to action to protect organic seed.
Family Farmers Seed Cooperative March 2012 E-Newsletter
Happy spring and International Year of Cooperatives! We hope you're enjoying successful, satisfying planting and preparation. If you're looking to augment your winter and spring plantings or stock up on seed to start in the summer and fall for late season and overwintered harvests, check out our vegetable seed lineup and order online. Supporting small-scale organic seed farming has become more important than ever. Click on the title to read our full March e-newsletter and learn more, including a link to a Huffington Post article featuring FFSC member, Theresa Podoll, from Prairie Road Organic Farm talking about the benefits of organic seed; and an update on the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association-led lawsuit challenging Monsanto's patents on GMO seed and asking for immunity in patent infringement lawsuits that growers can face if their crops are contaminated by GMO crops on nearby farms.