Participants can expect to learn fundamental skills to develop and adapt seed varieties for their organic farm conditions. OSA and Washington State University Senior Scientist Dr. John Navazio will discuss:
* the biology of seed production,
* seed harvesting and cleaning,
* choosing appropriate seed crops for your system and climate,
* maintaining the genetic integrity of varieties with appropriate population sizes and isolation distances,
* conducting variety trials, and
* basic on-farm breeding techniques, such as mass selection and progeny testing.
Prior experience in basic seed growing is recommended.
This class is being offered at a discounted rate thanks to support from Seed Matters, an initiative of Clif Bar Family Foundation. Cost includes two days of instruction, field visits, a reading packet, and lunch both days. Course hours are Monday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday June 5, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Classroom sessions will take place at the Pope Marine Building in downtown Port Townsend and field sessions will be taught at Midori Farm in Port Townsend.
Pre-registration is required and class space is limited. Learn more and register online today at http://www.seedalliance.org/Events/.