Jared Zystro is Organic Seed Alliance’s research and education assistant director. He has a master’s degree in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Jared has worked in the organic seed industry for over 10 years, managing seed production at two farms and conducting research and education projects with OSA. In his work at OSA, he manages OSA’s regional development, conducts participatory breeding projects and variety trials, and teaches farmers about seed production and plant breeding through publication and at workshops, conferences and field days. Jared lives in the coastal town of Arcata, CA with his wife Lisa and son Toby. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.



“The word heirloom often makes you think it’s something that gets passed down from generation to generation. The reality is that seed and heirloom varieties do change – they are part of our global ecosystem.” [11:00]


–Jared Zystro on Greenhorns Radio