Board of Directors
Renee Shepherd, Renee's Garden
Patty Buskirk, Seeds By Design
John Walhert, Wild West Seeds
Brian Markham, Hammer Packaging
Chelsey Fields, W. A. Burpee
Tracy Lee, Sakata Seed of America.
Chris Faull, Syngenta Seed
Mike Lizotte, American Meadows
Charlie Hart, Chas. Hart Seed
Seed Association (HGSA)
P.O. Box 93, Maxwell, CA 95955
Phone (530) 438-2126 |
The Home Garden Seed Association (HGSA) is a member driven organization
up of garden seed packet companies, seed growers for the packet trade and allied
vendors. Organized in 2008, our membership is committed to promoting gardening
from seed. Our goals include: communicating with the gardening media to promote
and educate about growing from seed, assist all of our members in selling more seed, providing a web resource with seasonal
information about growing from seed for home gardeners, and providing
a forum for packet seed companies to discuss issues of mutual concern. The HGSA
website serves as a central location for its membership as well as a resource
about growing from seed.
• Actively promotes our EZfromSeed program through press releases, online presence and social networking.
• Provides information and updates to national and local gardening writers and media.
• Hosts informative workshops and develop marketing ideas through regular round tables at the annual conference
• Hosts seed related tours and networking events for fellow seedsmen and industry leaders at our annual meeting
• Facilitates communication and networking between seed producers and seed retailers
• Provides a trialing program for all members as part of the annual summer conference so members can see new
varieties, see how varieties do in different climates or just quality check inventory in low cost trials
Informative Conference workshops
Conference Roundtable Discussions
Why Have the HGSA?
The garden seed business has been revitalized with significant recent increases
in home garden packet seed sales, especially in wildflowers and vegetable and
herb seeds. The economy, a concern for healthy food, the interest in organic
gardening, the nationwide "Green" movement, and interest in container gardens
and creating edible and sustainable landscaping have all come together to create
new demand from both new and existing home garden customers.
Building for the Future
It is critical for the garden seed industry, separately from the
bedding and vegetable plant starts industry, to build for the future. Bedding plants and
vegetable starts have their place in gardening no doubt; but now with the
tremendous revival of interest in seed gardening, the HGSA is specifically
targeted to taking care of its own.
We want to build on the current
growth to make certain that gardening from seed is strongly supported in both
current and future generations of gardeners. Seeds are vital to the future of
American home gardening in order to assure quality, health, variety and results
to every gardener.
Productive Annual Winter and Summer Trials and Conferences
As a trade organization, our
Summer Conference and
Winter Meeting for member
companies create opportunities for continuing education, networking, and focused
discussions about issues and concerns we all share. Our annual
Summer Trials are
an important member benefit, where HGSA member companies can send and evaluate
varieties in different climate zones every season, and seed producing HGSA member
companies can showcase varieties they offer. Our annual winter meeting and wine reception at the ASTA Flower and Vegetable
Conference enables members to interact and network and get a complete update on
Evaluating member trials
Low Cost Trialing Program
HGSA offers members the opportunity to participate in our
Trialing program. This low cost program is a great benefit for companies that do
not have the facilities to perform their own variety trialing. Each season, in
conjunction with our summer meeting, members send in seed varieties for
evaluation at our annual summer trials. The trials are carefully organized and
coordinated each year through a qualified grower at our summer meeting location.
Participants can send in either brand-new varieties or varieties for quality
Press Releases to Highlight and Educate about the Seed Growing Seasons
We create two press releases
each year to encourage spring and fall planting on
various topics to promote and educate growing from seed through the seasons.
These are sent via "snail mail" and e-mail to the nations' traditional
gardening media and social media that focus on gardening topics.
Garden and Seed Industry Participation
Member participation in the seed and gardening sector is another key factor for
communication with all facets of our industry. Members attend and report about
the Organic Seed Alliance meetings as well as and other grower conferences and
garden center shows. We attend the Garden Writers of America annual conference
to promote HGSA and gardening from seed with garden writers from all over the
country. Because we are dedicated to satisfying the needs of the home garden seed
industry, we welcome your suggestions on how best we can serve your needs.
Garden Seed Association (HGSA) |
P.O. Box 93, Maxwell, CA 95955 |
Phone (530) 438-2126 |