Benefits of Our Model

We've taken deliberate steps to align our business model and farming methods with the attributes that define our seed, namely the principles behind organic agriculture, the evolutionary processes of open pollination, and the democracy underlying seed sovereignty and public domain seed. These approaches help our customers and the planet while fostering thriving business and farms for our members.

Here are a few highlights about how we operate and why this matters:

Farmer-direct
FFSC sells seed direct to growers while cultivating deeper relationships that benefit customers and grow the movement to advance organic, open pollinated, public domain seed and sustainable agriculture. Our engagement with customers doesn’t end when we sell our seeds. In fact, that's just the beginning. We actively welcome, and will solicit, feedback from growers to keep improving our products and service. We'll also provide growing and seed saving tips, and important updates on organic seed supply issues, through our website, blog, workshops, articles and conference presentations

Quality Assurance and Varietal Improvement
We're committed to offering only the best seed by integrating quality assurance activities at each step of the process, continually selecting the highest performing, true-to-type seed to sell, and developing improved varieties. These efforts are ongoing, ensuring our seed maintains optimal performance across farms and growing seasons, and as climate change continues to impact agriculture in new, unforeseen ways. Learn more on our Quality and Improvement Pages.

Cooperative Business
FFSC's members organized as farmer-owned cooperative to establish an equitable business model and the critical mass needed to thrive in the face of market consolidation. Our farmers are co-owners and share FFSC's governance through democratic processes. Farmers elect a board among themselves, which oversees management and is accountable to all members. We have annual meetings to discuss and make decisions on important issues, create efficiencies through shared operations and resources, and share profits. Learn more on our Cooperative Model page.

Appropriate-scale, Bioregionally Distributed, Biodiverse Farms
To right-size our environmental footprint and achieve ecological health, our farmers have established suitably-scaled operations to grow a range of crops and maintain healthy agro-ecosystems. In contrast, industrialized farming models overtax natural resources, create dependencies on non-renewable resources and external inputs, and harm the environment. FFSC's farms are located in distinct bioregions, allowing us to trial varieties across different growing environments, and select those that are most versatile and adaptable for sale. This also creates a decentralized, localized production system for organic seed, a key factor in ensuring continued supplies of high quality, important seed varieties in the face of climate change and political and social disruption.
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