The Culinary Breeding Network (CBN) is an initiative led by Lane Selman, Oregon State University agricultural researcher. The CBN is comprised of plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers and other stakeholders engaged in developing and identifying varieties and traits of culinary excellence for vegetables and grains. The mission is to bridge the gap between breeders and eaters to improve agricultural and culinary quality in vegetables and grains. The goals are to:

  • Increase communication and collaboration between plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers, food journalists and other leaders in the food community in order to develop more relevant and desirable cultivars.
  • Identify cultivars of superior performance, flavor, texture, culinary attributes and overall quality.
  • Promote and expand awareness of cultivars created by public and independent plant breeders using traditional plant breeding processes for organic systems.
  • Provide greater access to organic seed and open-pollinated cultivars.