Organic Seed Alliance offers “Organic On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop” ~ June 16 & 17, 2010, Olympia, WA

Organic On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop ~ June 16 & 17, 2010, Olympia, WA

Farmers and agricultural students are invited to learn basic on-farm, field techniques to develop and adapt seed varieties for organic farming conditions.

In this two day workshop organic plant breeders Dr. John Navazio and Dr. Jim Myers will teach how to select for reproductive fitness and yield, horizontal resistance to disease, and improved performance under heat, drought,and cold stress.  Farmer Julie Puhich of Common Ground Farm will share her perspective on managing seed and breeding projects on a working farm. Teaching will include both classroom and on-farm field activities. The farm component will focus on a participatory organic broccoli breeding project at Common Ground Farm in Olympia, WA.

This workshop is offered by the Northern Organic Variety Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC), a network of plant breeders and farmers breeding for organic conditions in the Northern Regions of the US.

Basic seed saving skills are recommended as teaching will focus on methods for on-farm breeding and variety improvement building upon a foundation of basic seed knowledge.

Wednesday, June16th (9am-6pm), and Thursday, June 17th (9am-3pm). 

Registration fee – $50.00
Thanks to a grant from the USDA-OREI, this course is being offered at a discounted rate and includes the cost of lunch both days.

For more information about Organic Seed Alliance and the NOVIC project supporting this workshop go to

Registration deadline is June 9 and space is limited.   

To register call 360-385-7192 or email

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