The People’s Seed

An alternative to the corporate model of seed ownership.

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Plant Breeder Spotlight: Jeff McCormack

Founder of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE) and Garden Medicinals and Culinaries and co-founder of Virginia Plant Savers, Jeff McCormack has long played an important role in southeast plant breeding. With a background in natural products chemistry and ecosystem dynamics, he moved to the south and began teaching at the University of Virginia in the 1970s. In 1982, Jeff and his wife Patty decided to start the seed company SESE, which offered a small… 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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