We hope you’ll join us for a course on breeding self-pollinating crops on June 16, 2014, in Greenbank, WA.
“Breeding Self-Pollinating Crops” is a day-long advanced course with experienced plant breeder Dr. John Navazio of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and Washington State University. Participants will learn how to traditionally breed and improve self-pollinated crops under organic conditions. The course will cover the theory and practice of plant breeding, including a detailed description of how to plan and implement your own breeding project. There will be both classroom and field instruction, including an observation of a planted escarole breeding project at Greenbank Farm. This course is intended to help farmers and gardeners improve and/or develop new self-pollinated crop varieties by giving them the skills and confidence they need.
Participants are expected to have attended a previous “Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding” course from OSA or have some background in seed saving and plant selection. Prior to the course, we recommend participants review OSA’s “Introduction to On-farm Organic Plant Breeding,” available for free download here. This course is part of Greenbank Farm’s Organic Seed Project and is funded through the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
• When: Monday, June 16, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Cost: $15 per person includes day-long course and lunch
• Location: Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Rd A201, Greenbank, WA 98253
• Register: Please register here prior to the event
Have questions? Please contact OSA at (360) 385-7192.