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Adaptive Seeds
Adaptive Seeds grows rare, diverse and resilient seed varieties and distributes these to other ecologically minded farmers, gardeners and seed savers. Most of our seed is adapted to the Pacific Northwest and short season northern climates. All of our seed is grown by us and a few local friends who act as our isolation gardens. We strictly sell only public domain, open-pollinated (OP) seed, and some diverse gene pool mixes. 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.

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
The Seeds Program supports the breeding of improved seed and works to ensure that this good seed gets to farmers. Currently, less than one-quarter of African farmers use high yielding, locally adapted seed. Poor seeds and depleted soils have kept farmers’ yields at one-quarter the global average.

The Ark Institute
The Ark Institute is dedicated to helping people improve their self-reliance knowledge and skills. Supplier of non-hybrid, non-GMO, chemical free seeds. 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Through its catalog, Baker Creek Heir­loom Seed company offers 1,400 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs—the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the U.S.A. Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heri­tage. Gardeners can request a free 128-page color catalog that now mails to over 250,000 gardeners nationally.

Bay Area Seed Interchange Library
Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic diversity of our planet's seed stock. We have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are being made available free to the public.

Californians for GE_Free Agriculture
Californians for GE-Free Agriculture is a coalition committed to ecologically responsible and economically viable agriculture. We provide education and resources in support of the rights of farmers and communities to evaluate and address the environmental, human health and economic risks of genetic engineering in agriculture.

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
The mission of CBAN is
 to promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development. 

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Center for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems  is a research, education, and public service program at UC Sana Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system. On the UCSC campus, the Center operates the 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden and the 25-acre Farm. Both sites are managed using organic production methods and serve as research, teaching, and training facilities for students, staff, and faculty.

Center for Food & Justice (CFJ)
The Center for Food & Justice (CFJ) is a division of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. With its vision of a sustainable and socially just food system, CFJ engages in collaborative action strategies, community capacity-building, and research and education.

Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS has offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CAThe True Food Network is CFS’s grassroots action network, with over 130,000 members across the country. The True Food Network is where concerned citizens can voice their opinions about critical food safety issues, and advocate for a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system. 

Community Food Security Coalition
The CFSC can help you find every imaginable local food source, from a community garden to a regional organic network. The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability. CFSC has over 300 member organizations.

Comstock, Ferre and Co.
Comstock, Ferre and Co., located in Wethersfield, Connecticut, began as Wethersfield Seed Gardens in 1811. Comstock, Ferre offers over 250 varieties of open-pollinated, pure, natural & non-GMO seeds. 

Countryside Organics
Offering certified organic seeds, feeds and grains since 1997.

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
The Detroit Black Community Food Security network is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to build food security in Detroit’s Black community. Our mission is to build self-reliance, food security and food justice in Detroit’s Black community by influencing public policy, engaging in urban agriculture, promoting healthy eating, encouraging co-operative buying, and directing youth towards careers in food-related fields. D-Town Farm is a seven acre farm on Detroit’s west side that features organic vegetable plots, mushroom beds, four bee hives, four hoop houses for year-round food production, and a composting operation.

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is dedicated to representing non-corporate agriculture and animal owners, from homesteaders to horse owners to full-time ranchers. FARFA advocates for farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders through public education and lobbying to assure their independence in the production and marketing of their food, and to prevent the imposition of unnecessary regulatory burdens that are not in the public interest. FARFA also advocates for consumers’ access to information and resources to obtain healthy foods of their choice. FARFA promotes connections between rural and urban communities to support diversified, local agricultural systems.

Family Farm Defenders
Family Farm Defenders began as an outgrowth of two national grass-roots campaigns: demanding a national referendum to end the mandatory check-off on raw milk that funds the lobby and propaganda efforts of the corporate dairy industry; and to defend consumer “right to know” in response to the stealth introduction of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) into the nation’s milk supply. FFD's mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice. FFD has worked to create opportunities for farmers to join together in new cooperative endeavors, form a mutual marketing agency, and forge alliances with consumers through providing high quality food products while returning a fair price to farmers.

Family Farmers Seed Cooperative (FFSC)

Family Farmers Seed Cooperative is a farmer-owned organic seed marketing cooperative, formed in 2008 with eight founding members in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and North Dakota.  The decreasing number of cultivars and gene traits in the commercial seed market makes it imperative that open-pollinated seeds are preserved and quality maintenance and breeding programs are undertaken.

Food Alliance
Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers for sustainable agricultural and facility management practices. Farms, ranches, food processors and distributors that meet Food Alliance’s standards, as determined by a third-party site inspection, use certification to differentiate products, strengthen brands, and support credible claims for social and environmental responsibility.

Food and Water Watch
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

Food Democracy Now!
Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.

Food Family Farming Foundation 
A nonprofit organization created to change the food system in the U.S. to an ecologically sound, sustainable model. By empowering schools, families, farms and producers to operate sustainably, F3 enables schools to serve nutritious whole food to all students. F3 educates through training programs, direct services, a web portal and collateral resources.

Food First -- Institute for Food and Development Policy
The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First - is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

The Food ORganizing Collaborative (FORC) organizes food growers, food workers, and food eaters in the Philadelphia region to reclaim control of our food system and build food sovereignty.

Food Routes: A project of FoodRoutes Network (FRN). FRN is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. FRN is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food - the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables

Genetic Engineering Action Network
GEAN is a network of almost 100 organizations from across the US working to resist genetic engineering in agriculture. GEAN's affiliate groups range from large national non-profits, including the Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth, to state and regional groups like Californians for GE-Free Agriculture and GMO-Free Hawaii, to small grassroots groups, like Colorado GEAN and GE-Free Maine. Our affiliates work on a wide variety of issues including passing town- and county-level restrictions on GMOs, stopping the introduction of new genetically engineered crops, and advocating for tighter national and international standards on GMOs.

Genetic Engineering Policy Alliance
A network of organizations and individuals promoting precautionary policies on genetically engineered food and agriculture. The Alliance includes representation from agriculture, consumer, health, faith, labor, environmental, social justice and business sectors. They are united in the concern about the impacts of genetically engineered crops  and foods on agriculture, the public, and the environment. CCOF and several CCOF certified organic operations are Alliance members.

Genetic Research Action International (GRAIN)
GRAIN  is a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. GRAIN's support takes the form of independent research and analysis, networking at local, regional and international levels, and fostering new forms of cooperation and alliance-building. Most of our work is oriented towards, and carried out in, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Global Crop Diversity Trust
Crop diversity is fundamental to defeating hunger and achieving food security. But it is at serious risk. The Trust's mission is to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide.

Global Organic Alliance
Global Organic Alliance was established in 1997 and maintains ISO 65 and USDA accreditation and verifies compliance to EEC 2092/91 Regulation. GOA is also authorized to issue TM-11 Export Certificates to Japan. 

The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative is a new initiative aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

Hudson Valley Seed Library
The Hudson Valley Seed Library strives to do two things: to create an accessible and affordable source of regionally-adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners; and, to create gift-quality seed packs featuring works designed by New York artists in order to celebrate the beauty of heirloom gardening. In 2011, we expect to offer over 60 varieties of locally grown seed and around 100 varieties sourced from responsible seed houses. Most of our varieties are rooted in the history and soils of New York or are chosen because they do well here. Every year we plan on growing additional varieties on the Seed Library farm and contracting with organic and certified naturally grown farmers in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York to grow even more varieties.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. IATP works with organizations around the world to analyze how global trade agreements impact domestic farm and food policies. Alongside a global coalition, IATP advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions.

Institute for Responsible Technology 
The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. We investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting. 

International Institute for Ecological Agriculture
The International Institute for Ecological Agriculture is dedicated to healing the planet while providing for the human community—by education and implementation of socially just, ecological, resource-conserving forms of agriculture, the basis of all sustainable societies.The IIEA was founded in 1993 by Farmer David Blume as a nonprofit organization focused on promoting permaculture and alternative fuels.

International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty
The IPC for Food Sovereignty constitutes, on the global level, the only platform aggregating large organized bodies that represent together hundreds of millions of food producers, aiming to play an active role in the debate on global governance and accountability (and effectiveness) of the international institutional architecture in order to support or undermine the ability of national governments to protect the interests of small food producers and consumers.

Local Harvest
Local Harvest is the biggest national searchable database for local food. You can search by location, type of source (farm, restaurant, co-op, etc.), or individual food.

Mumm's Sprouting Seeds
Mumm's Sprouting Seeds grows and supplies Certified Organic seed for sprouting. Quantities can be from a package to a container load, for home-grown sprouts and microgreens, or for commercial sprouting.

Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA)
Founded in March 2009, the Manitoba Organic Alliance connects the partners in the organic sector and represents the organic value chain in Manitoba. Our vision is to foster healthy viable farms and to work for a diversified organic production system in Manitoba that provides for local food security, enhanced export opportunities and sustainable economic development. Our members come from all facets of the organic movement in Manitoba and include grain, forage and oilseed production; livestock, poultry and dairy farming; horticulture; processing; organic certification and inspection; restaurant and food services; education; research; retail, and trade and export.

National Organic Standards
Organic production is a system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 (PDF) and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards.

Navdanya International
Navdanya started as a program of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), founded by Dr. Vandana Shiva to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Navdanya means nine crops that represent India's collective source of food security. The main aim of the Navdanya biodiversity conservation program is to support local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants that are being pushed to extinction and make them available through direct marketing. It has its own seed bank and organic farm spread over an ares of 20 acres in Uttrakhand, north India. Navdanya has so far successfully conserved more than 5000 crop varieties including 3000 of rice, 95 of wheat, 150 of kidney beans (rajma), 15 of millets and and several varieties of pulses, vegetable, medicinal plants etc.

Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

Organic Crop Improvement Association International
OCIA International is one of the world's oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

Organic Materials Review Institute:
OMRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to benefit the organic community and the general public. Its primary mission is to publish and disseminate generic and specific (brand name) lists of materials allowed and prohibited for use in the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. OMRI also conducts scientific research and education on the use of materials by the organic industry.

Organic Seed Alliance
Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) supports the ethical development and stewardship of seed. We accomplish our goals through collaborative education, advocacy, advisory services, and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals.

Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association
The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) develops, protects and promotes the organic seed trade and its growers, and assures that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture. OSGATA works to: defend a farmer’s right to save and trade seed; encourage the viability of regional organic seed companies; promote the right to farm, protected from GMO contamination; ensure the right to true choice in the marketplace for farmers and consumers; create protocols for testing seed quality and to maintain seed integrity; protect farmer developed varieties; develop and support organic seed standards; encourage National Organic Program rules toward 100% organic seed.

Richmond GROWS Seed Lending Library
The Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library is located in the main branch of the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA. The expectation is that some of the plants that you grow are allowed to go to seed and that a portion of those seeds are returned to the library to help create a resilient community and allow the library to be self-sustaining.

Say No to GMOs
Say No To GMOs! provides information, activities and resources for Texas and beyond. The goal is to inform the public and encourage grassroots action that will insure consumer choice and a genetically viable future.

Seed Dreams
Seed Dreams is seed saving project, not a commercial company. We are dedicated to growing and protecting rare and heirloom seeds. We have two seed farms: one in the mountains near Santa Cruz, California, one in Port Townsend, WA.

Seeds of Diversity
Seeds of Diversity is a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to the conservation, documentation and use of public-domain, non-hybrid plants of Canadian significance. Its 1400 members from coast to coast are gardeners, farmers, teachers, scientists, agricultural historians, researchers and seed vendors. Together they grow, propagate and distribute over 2900 varieties of vegetables, fruit, grains, flowers and herbs. Formerly known as the Heritage Seed Program, a project of the Canadian Organic Growers since 1984, Seeds of Diversity Canada is now an independent charitable corporation operated by a volunteer board of directors.

Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations. Our mission is to save North America's diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity.

Siskiyou Seeds
Certified organic seeds from seven seed farms for vegetables, flowers, herbs, heirlooms, original varieties, and grains.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of open-pollinated, heirloom vegetable, flower, herb, grain, and cover crop seeds. We emphasize varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, although gardeners and farmers from all over the country grow our seeds. We do extensive germination and purity testing to ensure that we always provide the highest quality possible.

Sow True Seeds
Sow True Seed is an open-pollinated/non-hybrid vegetable, herb and flower seed company specializing in heirloom, certified organic, and traditional Southern Appalachia varieties. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, we seek to promote and foster community sustainability by helping to preserve our shared botanical heritage and seed a new era of sustainable culture and ecological wisdom.

The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 national public interest organizations working at international, national, regional and local level.

Sustainable Living Systems
Sustainable Living Systems is a non-profit organization in Montana that was formed to demonstrate and teach a way of living where our impact  on the Earth's ecosystems is minimized.  Our understanding of the forces of corporate globalization has led us to focus on the most pertinent action that we can take to counter those forces....thus, our primary focus is to build a local food system where we live.

The Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers sharing the belief that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified products, and their mission is to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices. Several CCOF clients are involved in the Non-GMO Project, including Guayaki and Lundberg Family Farms. 

The Organic Center
An independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance credible, peer-reviewed scientific research behind the health and environmental benefits of organic foods and to communicate those to the public. They publish 'The Scoop', a monthly e-newsletter review of important new science on the impacts and benefits of organic food and farming along with breaking organic news stories, information on upcoming and recent events.

The True Food Network 
Center for Food Safety's grassroots action network, with over 130,000 members across the country. The True Food Network is where concerned citizens can voice their opinions about critical food safety issues, and advocate for a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system. 
Join the Network to receive free action alerts and stand up for True Food!

Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative (TTBSI)
TTBSI is small non-profit seed company that sells 100% open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds, all grown using biodynamic and organic practices both in their own seed garden and by other farmers and gardeners who use biodynamic methods. All of their seed is non-gmo, non-hybrid, never treated, and grown without the use of chemical inputs. TTBSI is part of a Camphill Village in Copake, NY, an intentional community, which includes people with developmental disabilities. People of all abilities help with growing, cleaning and packing our seeds. 

USFSA works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. We believe all people have the right to healthy, culturally appropriate food, produced in an ecologically sound manner. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, we uphold the right to food as a basic human right and work to connect our local and national struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.

Water for People
Water For People works to build a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. Water For People brings together local entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, and communities to establish creative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable safe water systems. Empowering everyone transforms people’s lives by improving health and economic productivity to end the cycle of poverty.