Seed Digest (April 30 – May 13, 2011)

Resilient Food Systems Begin with Locally Adapted Seed The front page story in today’s (May 13) USA Today about the “high cost of weather” says “it looks like 2011 is perhaps going to set a new record” of weather-related costs…All of this reaffirms the fact that we need to foster a greater diversity of seeds that are more adapted to local ecologies since it is this biological diversity that will be essential to the reestablishment of more resilient food systems in each food shed

Join OSA Tomorrow at Nash’s Organic Produce Farm Tour It’s farm tour season again! Join OSA tomorrow, May 14, 2011, for Nash’s Organic Produce Delta Farm Tour. OSA will be discussing our current breeding and trialing work with Nash’s farm team all day. Come check out our projects, stomp around, and get your barn dance on!

From the Field: Participatory Breeding in CA Sweet Corn The weather was perfect for planting at Eel River Produce in Shively, CA this past Wednesday. The seedbed was prepared and the old Planet Juniors were calibrated to plant sweet corn. Bill Reynolds, owner of Eel River Produce, and Jared Zystro, OSA California Research and Education Specialist, set to work planting sweet corn for a new organic sweet corn breeding project.

What do honeybees, chickens, and seed have in common?
They’re all part of an impressive line-up of auction items at the Mother Earth News fair with proceeds benefiting OSA!

Tell FDA to Support GE Labeling at CODEX One Codex Committee is considering adopting a very modest guidance document on labeling of genetically engineered food.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nash’s Organic Produce Farm Tour (Sequim, WA) May 14, 2011

Mother Earth News Fair (Puyallup, WA) June 4 – 5, 2011

Seeds for Change: Organic Seed Production and Crop Variety Improvement (Salt Spring Island, BC) July 4 – 5, 2011

The National Heirloom Exposition (Sonoma County, CA Fairground) September 13 – 15, 2011

Organic Seed Growers Conference (Port Townsend, WA) January 19 – 21, 2012

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