Author Archives: Jared Zystro

The Next Generation of Organic Plant Breeders

The journal Sustainability recently published an article about the first Student Organic Seed Symposium (SOSS) and what it demonstrates about the blossoming field of organic plant breeding. Organic farmers need more breeders developing varieties specifically adapted for their production systems. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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OSA Partners on Organic Wheat Trials in California

Organic Seed Alliance and project partners have just finished planting organic wheat trials in Northern California. On three beautiful mornings this spring, farmer John LaBoyteaux towed his vintage International Harvester grain drill out to plant eight different varieties of wheat … Continue reading

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Did You Miss the California Seed Stakeholder Meeting?

At EcoFarm in January, OSA hosted a second California seed stakeholders meeting. More than two dozen seed producers, seed company representatives, university representatives, and seed buyers met to discuss how to improve seed systems in California. Below are a few … Continue reading

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CA Seed Stakeholder Meeting at EcoFarm on Jan. 24

California Seed Stakeholders Meeting Thursday January 24th 2:00 – 3:30pm  EcoFarm, Asilomar, CA (in the Sanderling room) California currently produces the most vegetable seed, but many of the state’s organic producers believe they are underserved by the seed industry. What … Continue reading

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Variety Trial Field Day a Success

On a sunny October day last week, over thirty farmers, seed company representatives, and students gathered to see the results of OSA’s vegetable variety trial on Coke Farm in San Juan Bautista, California. John Navazio of OSA and Washington State … Continue reading

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