The Seed Future We Want to See

Organic SeedsThere is an abundant future out there waiting for us to say yes to it.  It is filled with self-sufficient communities growing their own food and sharing with neighbors.  It is filled with non-genetically engineered seeds.  Seeds that are adapted to the needs of small organic farmers and gardeners.  Seeds that can be shared and saved by anyone; seeds selected for natural disease resistance, high nutrition and vigor.  While there is always a time to fight what you don’t believe in, there is also a time to support the future that you want to see.  That is what we do every day at High Mowing.

Here are a few projects that we are saying yes to.  These groups inspire us and we thought you would appreciate knowing about them.

Non-GMO Project

  • Non-GMO ProjectThis organization has been on the leading edge of developing standards for verifying that food products are not GMO.  We are helping them develop standards for verifying non-gmo seeds so that other seed companies can go through a third-party process.  Seeds are tricky in many ways, but they are where the food chain starts, so ensuring that they are non-gmo is a key first step in keeping gmos out of the entire food supply.

Organic Seed Alliance

  • Organic Seed AllianceThis is a great non-profit that does lots of research, education and support of organic plant breeding work.  They are doing a tremendous job supporting many farmers who are interested in learning about organic seed production.

Open Source Seed Initiative

  • This is a new group of plant breeders and seed growers that are seeking to create a new way of sharing seeds so that they can be shared in a collaborative spirit for the purpose of continual improvement or adaptation while still supporting the originator.  Another key aspect is the requirement that these seeds are NEVER allowed to be patented or privatized in any way.

Seed Matters

  • Seed MattersThis is a project of the Clif Bar Family Foundation and supports organic plant breeders and students in direct and specific ways.  Seed Matters is also pulling together many national food businesses in support of organic plant breeding and organic seeds.

High Mowing is a big supporter of these efforts and many others that are re-building our broken food systems into something that feeds us all the healthy food that we need, while leaving the land more fertile than we found it.  The passionate people of High Mowing encourage you to support these efforts, toward the hopeful future that we all know is there.  No one is going to do it for us; we need to do it for us.

Tom Stearns
President, High Mowing Organic Seeds

Please leave us a comment about YOUR vision for a healthy seed future – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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7 Responses to The Seed Future We Want to See

  1. Kim says:

    I am very confused…you are promoting Non-Gmo’s but have contributed 100′s of thousands of dollars to ban labeling of GMO’s on food. Can you explain, pls?????

    • High Mowing Organic Seeds says:

      Hi Kim, thanks for commenting. You might be thinking of a different seed company that has supported the ban on GMO labeling. High Mowing has testified AGAINST the ban on GMO labeling, and we have been/are involved in three lawsuits against Monsanto. Don’t worry, we’ll never contribute a cent to the ban against GMO labeling!

      • karla from colorado says:

        Very good to know!
        Do you know, or have a list of, which seed companies did contribute to defeat Prop. 37?

  2. Lotus says:

    I’m delighted to have this list! On Vashon Island, Washington, we are just starting a Community Seed Exchange, based on the above principles. Of course, we have no way to test for GMOs, but we will be sharing information, exchanging seeds, and developing locally adapted seeds. It’s very exciting, and I’m amazed at the enthusiastic response we are getting to our first meeting!

  3. High Mowing Organic Seeds says:

    Hi Lotus,
    Thanks for letting us know about your project – it sounds fantastic. Please keep us updated – we’d love to hear more about it!

  4. Peter says:

    My vision would probably take up more characters than allowed on the website. :-)

    One big piece of it though, would be for HM, SSE, Baker Creek, Bejo, along with the other referenced projects, to come up with some framework to help crowdsource/kickstart efforts to further diversify growouts of heirlooms/organic varieties. Frankly I think the more we diversify the supply of seeds, the better the odds are of not only ensuring diversity, but also enhancing knowledge of what veggies do well in certain regions of the US.

  5. Krys Cail says:

    Am reading all I can about the Open Source Seed Initiative. Truly inspiring– puts together my passion for open source software/economic development with my ambition to chronicle the development of a nascent seed savers’ exchange in upstate NY. Keep fingers crossed that our SARE grant is funded so our 3-year program can begin… hooked up with Michael Gloss/Mike Mazourek, and the little regional seed companies of NY, and of course old friends NOFA-NY. I am so hoping that a Cornell-educated economic developer with a different view of the future can find a way to write about this so that people can understand that a diverse, democratic, sovereign and interconnected economy and ecology– WITHOUT monopoly, WITHOUT monocropping, WITHOUT the enslavement of human, animal or plant genetic lines– is the only way we can live long and prosper. Like my friend Sandra Steingraber, I am an abolitionist of the 21st century. We, and the food seeds we carry, will be free from domination. Frederick Douglas published the North Star and changed minds, not far from my home. Words are powerful, seeds hold all hope, and we still hold, and plant out, seeds. Thank you for mine, in my backpack right now from the HM booth at the NOFA-NY conference…

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