Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Stewardship (NPSAS) Farm Breeding Club is farmers, agronomists, breeders, processors, and those interested in good food working together to improve crop seeds for healthier living and greater democracy in agriculture. Their mission is “Collaborating to enhance the crop diversity, seed sovereignty, and sustainability of Northern Plains food systems.”
The Farm Breeding Club (FBC) is dedicated to increasing biodiversity of vegetables and crops to ensure the nation’s food security and farmer access to seeds. The FBC is a broad-based, community-powered and collaborative effort to advance both the diversity of crops and increased mutual understanding among breeders and farmers. The FBC nurtures a cultural ethic of connection with the land and community. Farmers, gardeners, researchers and agronomists learn from each other, share their knowledge, provide resources, and collaborate on research. FBC is at the forefront of on-the-ground crop breeding with farmers leading the efforts and inspiring others across the country to re-engage in the process and to release seeds into the public domain.
Its innovative seed breeding and testing is resulting in more sustainable and adaptable seeds that benefit the environment, the farmer and the consumer. Partnerships with Tribal Colleges, Native American programs, and institutions help bring together elders and youth to learn how to grow, harvest and save their seeds. This reflects FBC’s commitment to protecting heritage seeds, supporting seed savers, and fostering local and regional seed systems. FBC’s connections to breeders and seed savers throughout the world provide for the exchange of varieties new and old, allowing for increased biodiversity on farms and ranches across the Northern Plains.