Sierra Seed Cooperative

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Our Mission: Sierra Seed Cooperative is building a rare and diverse seed collection, educating members about the practices of seed-saving, and growing a committed community of caring farmers and seed stewards.

Our mission is to create an accessible and affordable source of regionally adapted seeds, and a local seed bank. This will promote sustainable and ecological seed production in Nevada County and in our bio-region. Regionally adapted seeds are at the foundation of any truly sustainable local agriculture. Our goal is to preserve genetic diversity, empowering our local farmers and gardeners to take back the power of the seed stewardship. We need to work with our plants and seeds to create a new revolution and evolution of local foods, which better fit our lands, our growing methods, and our tastes and imaginations. We aim to save and select for seed varieties that are continuing to adapt to our unique growing conditions in the Sierra Foothills.

We sell only public domain, open-pollinated (OP) seed. None of our seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented (PVP) or genetically modified (GMO) and all of our seed is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

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We are seeding the local revolution. While our focus is on varieties that do well in our bioregion, we hope to make these varieties available to others who grow in similar climates in other places. Locally adapted varieties are the foundation of the durable and resilient local food system that we are helping to create.

Why is Local Seed Important? Seed is a precious common heritage and is an essential component to the future sustainability our food. There is an urgent need to protect seed sovereignty; the corporations who dominate the seed industry are not working for the common people. It is the right of the public to own and develop our seed supply, especially if we are to ensure food security in a way that is congruent to our values of a healthy ecosystem and a just society.

Learn more at: http://www.sierraseeds.org/

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From Food for Thought, Issue 6. Published May 2013

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