The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) have launched a new internship program designed to link wannabe organic seed producers with experienced seed farmers.
According to the OSA website site, the program’s six-month internships are available that combine hands-on education, farm-based independent study, and classroom and online learning.
Organic seed production is a potentially lucrative opportunity for farmers…
The program focuses on training in organic seed production in the hopes more producers will help address gaps in supply. Although national organic standards require farmers use organic seed, certified organic farmers are allowed to use untreated non-organic seed when availability is limited.
“Organic seed production is a potentially lucrative opportunity for farmers, yet the specialized skill set required to grow high-quality organic seed currently serves as a barrier to entry for many farmers,” the announcement says.
Seed companies have also complained they can’t find producers to fill their organic seed needs.
The project is receiving funds from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
To learn more about this program go to apply.mesaprogram.org/osa/.