Author Archives: Jared Zystro

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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Seed Monopolies Threaten Seed Diversity

Cross-posted from EcoNews Aug/Sept 2011 Seed saving has been part of human culture since the beginning of agriculture. When our ancestors began saving seed from wild plants, we began a co-evolutionary relationship with plants that is central to our culture. … Continue reading

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