Upcoming Organic Seed Field Day and Training in North Carolina

cucumber-male-flowerSave the date for the upcoming “Organic Cucurbit Variety Selection and Seed Saving Field Day” to be held August 12, 2014, at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, North Carolina.

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Hosts Organic Seed Alliance, Cornell University, and North Carolina State University invite you to join us for this field day which will include results from cucurbit variety trials that are helping researchers identify Downy Mildew resistance. The results will include varieties of melons, squash, and cucumbers grown in organic systems.

In addition to variety trial results, field day participants will also learn techniques in seed saving and processing, and on-farm plant breeding.

The field day will be held at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event fee is $10.00 and includes day-long field day and lunch. Pre-registration is required.

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OSA Welcomes Ken Greene to Board of Directors

ken and doug with flowering parsnips (Medium)OSA’s board of directors spans the U.S. and includes a diverse group of dedicated professionals from multiple roles in the organic seed community. We’re pleased to welcome our newest board member who joins us from the Northeast. Ken Greene is co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, a project he germinated in a small town library that has now blossomed into a seed company and organic seed farm devoted to producing seed for home gardeners and farmers, fostering a regional seed-saving community, and celebrating the diversity of seeds through art.

Ken and the Hudson Valley Seed Library are curating the Art of the Heirloom Expo at this year’s Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California. All are invited to submit artwork for consideration to be included in the expo and three pieces will be selected to be printed in Heirloom Gardener Magazine after the expo. Deadline for art submissions is July 31, 2014. Follow this link for more information and to submit your artwork.

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OSA Welcomes Mary Black to Staff

Mary Black photo_finalWe are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our team. This spring, we welcomed Mary Black as OSA’s operations manager. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. She spent over ten years working as a litigation paralegal in Seattle before attending law school at Seattle University. Most recently, Mary worked as a compliance manager at a tech startup and helped the company expand into new markets. When not running the OSA office in Port Townsend, she spends as much time as possible playing outside at her home in the Olympic Peninsula, where she most enjoys sharing her love of nature with her young children. She runs a small organic heirloom seed company with her husband and loves working with wool in just about any capacity: knitting, spinning, dyeing, and felting.

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New Businesses Supporting Organic Seed

hands-beans-supportThe importance of our work is becoming visible to a larger audience and we couldn’t be more excited.

Many thanks to all of you who are current donors or have supported OSA with a donation in the past. Your financial support is imperative to our continued work in advancing the ethical development and stewardship of seed.

A special thanks to the following businesses and organizations who have approached us this season to support our work.

• Artist Analisa Barelli donates a portion of her online sales at SHOPAB to OSA and other organizations.

Pura Vida is creating and selling a custom bracelet to support OSA. A portion of the bracelet sales will be donated to OSA. They’ll be available online soon at Pura Vida.

For the Love of All Things (FLOAT) is also creating wearable art to support OSA’s work. This autumn for one week, special organic seed inspired t-shirts will be available at Float.org and a portion of sales will go directly to OSA.

Does your organization or business have a unique way in which it would like to support our work? If so, contact Micaela Colley directly.

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State of Organic Seed — New Survey Just Announced

corn-colored-seederWe are excited to announce the distribution of our 2014 organic producer seed survey. This national survey is conducted every five years to monitor organic seed availability and use, challenges in sourcing organic seed, and organic plant breeding needs, among other important topics. The data collected will inform the organic community’s understanding of the barriers and opportunities in building the availability, quality, and integrity of organic seed.

Findings from this survey will be included in an updated version of our State of Organic Seed report (first published in 2011). The report will be made public with detailed recommendations for improving access to seed that is optimal for U.S. organic agriculture.

If you are a certified organic crop producer, please take the survey. Your participation is essential to this national assessment. Even if you do not currently use organic seed, we encourage you to take the survey.

Take the survey here.

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