Author Archives: John Navazio

Washington Post Misses the Mark on Molecular Breeding Story

A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, titled, “Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding” (April 16, 2014) overstates the potential of marker-assisted selection (a molecular plant breeding method) and makes the dubious … Continue reading

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Heirlooms of Tomorrow: Abundant Bloomsdale Spinach

Recognizing that seed knowledge is being lost even more quickly than genetic diversity, OSA trains farmers in basic on-farm seed saving, crop improvement and plant breeding practices that are grounded in an ecological agricultural approach. The work of OSA goes … Continue reading

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Heirlooms of Tomorrow

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is often asked which seeds are appropriate for the new agricultural systems that many of us are developing: systems that foster conservation, diversity, resiliency, and true sustainability. This article aims to answer that question while clarifying … Continue reading

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An Open Letter from Dr. John Navazio

As a geneticist and plant breeder who specializes in breeding crops that are adapted environmental stresses using classical plant breeding techniques, I was very heartened to read such a powerful argument for the effectiveness and success of using this kind … Continue reading

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Carrots and Beets Put to Test at NOVIC Field Day

OSA had a very well received field day at Nash’s Organic Farm in Sequim, WA on Nov. 1st. We started the day with a visit to one of Nash’s carrot fields where Scott Chichester explained their need for a hardy … Continue reading

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