Author Archives: Jared Zystro

OSA and Partners to Breed New Carrots for Organic

At OSA, we believe organic farmers need varieties adapted to their organic systems and challenges. We are excited to announce a new project that advances this mission. Thanks to USDA’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative, OSA is partnering with the … Continue reading

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Fall Field Day at Prairie Road Organic Farm

Last Saturday, OSA teamed up with the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative and Prairie Road Organic Farm to teach a course on the Fundamentals of Organic Seed Production and Variety Improvement in Fullerton, North Dakota. I led a classroom session in … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss OSA’s Organic Plant Breeding Workshop Series

Martin Diffley has been growing sweet corn for more than 30 years, but this year he saw something new. In a field trial on his farm, he sampled row after row of delicious high-quality sweet corn – sweet corn that … Continue reading

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Talking Sustainable Seed Systems at the Heirloom Expo

The first National Heirloom Expo ended last Thursday on a high note with Vandana Shiva explaining the vital need for sustainable seed systems, comparing seed to Gandhi’s spinning wheel as objects of independence in the face of imperialism. Over 10,000 … Continue reading

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Sweet Corn Pollination Part 2

Here is the second installment of how to pollinate sweet corn. Go here for the first part. In part one, I explained how to put shoot bags on the developing shoots to prevent any unintentional pollinations from taking place. In … Continue reading

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