Gettin’ Schooled in Seed Production

Organic Seed Alliance hosted a hugely successful Organic Seed Intensive at the 2011 Organicology conference. Over 60 attendees were able to sharpen their seed skills thanks to 8 hours of in-depth workshops on topics like seed climatic considerations, seed disease, and seed quality, as well as seed crop specific workshops on onions, beets and chard, brassicas, carrots, lettuce, and vine crops. The intensive featured world-class experts on organic seed production from many parts of the seed industry, including OSA’s own John Navazio, Jodi Lew-Smith from High Mowing Seeds, Joel Reiten from Seeds of Change, and Don Tipping from Siskiyou Seeds.

“People attending this intensive got great information from a diversity of perspectives,” said Jared Zystro, OSA’s California Research and Education Specialist. “From large-scale seed producers to small, intensive seed operations, there was something for everyone.”

Didn’t have a chance to attend the intensive? Don’t worry. OSA will be creating an on-line tutorial based on the intensive with added materials and field videos. It will be complete this fall and available for free through eOrganic on extension.org. Join OSA’s newsletter list to find out when and where you can access the tutorial.

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