Author Archives: Guest Contributor

Academic freedom & independence of scientists

This piece was written by Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center in Knoxville, TN, and re-published with permission. In early December 2016, President-Elect Trump’s transition team sent a 75-item questionnaire to the US … Continue reading

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‘The Seed Garden’ receives major book award

The Seed Garden – the Art and Practice of Seed Saving has been named one of the top five gardening books published in North America in 2015. The award is given annually by the American Horticultural Society (AHS). The Seed … Continue reading

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Now in Season!

In March, when another serving of kale fails to inspire, purple sprouting broccoli (PSB) pushes from its overwintering state to produce beautiful and tasty florets that will continue to appear until mid-spring. Unlike its late summer, green-headed broccoli cousin, all … Continue reading

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UC Davis & OSA to Collaborate on Organic Breeding

Re-posted with permission from UC Davis A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched at UC Davis. The organic plant-breeding project … Continue reading

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Colorful and Cutting Edge: New Carrot Varieties Take Root

Our research team recently joined Washington State University (WSU) researchers for a Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) field harvest and evaluation. CIOA is a long-term breeding project that is helping farmers and plant breeders find existing carrot varieties – and … Continue reading

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