The People’s Seed

An alternative to the corporate model of seed ownership.

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Plant Breeder Spotlight: Edmund Frost

Edmund Frost lives in Virginia where he is the managing director of Common Wealth Seed Growers, a cooperative of seed growers producing farmer-grown, regionally trialed seeds in the southeast. Frost was drawn to seed growing as part of his anti-GMO activism. As a seed grower, he has spent time at both Acorn and Twin Oaks intentional communities, but variety trialing and breeding was a logical next step.  His personal work has focused on variety improvement… Read more

Why The People’s Seed?

Seeds are the foundation of our food supply and hold enormous potential for a thriving food and farming system for all

Farmers lack access to seeds that grow best in their local area, which prevents their success and requires more pest and disease management

Corporate ownership of seeds blocks access to scientific freedom for improving plant varieties that benefit everyone

A new model and funding system for a fair and open seed industry is needed to ensure a sustainable, climate adapted food system for the future

We support and fund plant breeders developing regionally adapted organic plant varieties and open source seed banks.

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