In 1990 MASA Seed Foundation’s founder, Richard Pecoraro, helped facilitate the launching of the nation’s first 100% organic, non-hybrid seed company, Seeds of Change. He served as co-director of seed production, harvest and post-harvest handling, and as a co-author of detailed crop information until branching off in 1995 to develop a new regional seed and produce organization called Abbondanza Organic Seeds and Produce in Gila, New Mexico. Here he utilized his seed training to create an organic seed and vegetable system that became a vital resource for the rural area. The team at Abbondanza applied traditional seed breeding methods for crop improvement to create a community-supported agricultural model unknown to most at the time.
Richard then moved north to Boulder, Colorado to expand Abbondanza’s concepts and the bio-regional seed bank to include Colorado’s Front Range. They cultivated fifty acres, providing 400 CSA members and local restaurants with seasonal produce in addition to selling their regionally-adapted seeds and produce at the Boulder Farmers Market.
In 2018, MASA Seed Foundation, a non-profit organization, was formed to be the steward of this important seed bank and to continue the organic, regenerative agricultural practices started in 1990.