Learn How to Grow Seed in Montana

cornJoin Organic Seed Alliance in Montana this September for two hands-on trainings. The first event will teach farmers how to grow high-quality seed using organic farming methods and which specialty seed crops are ideal for their farm and climate. The second event is a two-day course on plant breeding and is intended for farmers, researchers, and students with a strong interest in on-farm crop improvement.

Registration is limited so reserve your spot today! Continue reading

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Learn Commerical Organic Seed Production in California

Chenopodium quinoa-Gold3Join the Southern California Seed Hub in Escondido this October to learn how to incorporate seed production in your diversified farm plan. Organic Seed Alliance’s Jared Zystro and Steve Peters will present this one-day workshop and field day that will include:

  • Seed production biology
  • Hands-on seed harvesting and cleaning
  • Choosing seed crops for your system and climate
  • Managing population size and isolation distance
  • Conducting variety trials
  • Basic on-farm breeding techniques
  • Seed production economics and finding markets for your seed

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Terra Madre Gardens, Escondido, California
Cost: $30 registration includes instruction, coffee, tea, and lunch

REGISTER TODAY (space is limited to 30 people)

The Southern California Seed Hub is part of a California-wide project of OSA to help organic specialty seed producers improve their production practices, market access, and the supply of seed adapted to organic growing systems. To learn about future events and connect to the statewide network of seed producers and buyers email them.

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Get Ready for Organicology!

OrgoLogo+Leaf+tagSince 2009, over 3,200 participants representing all facets of the organic food sector have attended Organicology. Organic Seed Alliance, Oregon Tilth, Organically Grown Company, and Sustainable Food Trade Association are excited to bring you new educational tracks, engaging keynotes, and great opportunities to network as we gather to discuss and create a sustainable food future. Join us from February 2 – 4, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, for this unique event.

Sponsor | Are you interested in becoming an Organicology sponsor? Learn more.

Trade show | Do you want to participate in one of the largest organic trade shows in the country? It’s an incredible networking opportunity for your business or organization. Learn more. Continue reading

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Save the Date: OSA’s Annual Research Farm Field Day is Sept. 26th

field-day-osa-research-farmCome join us at OSA’s research farm in Chimacum, Washington, on Monday, September 26th, for our annual field day and autumn celebration. The event kicks off with a field tour showcasing our research projects, followed by a vegetable variety tasting accompanied by a no-host bar of Finnriver’s handcrafted cider. Please join us to celebrate the bounty of the season and learn more about our collaborative organic seed research in the region. Details to follow.

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Breeding Better Tomatoes for Organic Farmers

TOMI-greenhouseOSA is a partner in the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) project, a multi-state breeding initiative focused on developing disease-resistant tomatoes that have exceptional flavor. Partners include Purdue University, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Oregon State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Variety trials and taste tests are being conducted this year in Oregon, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Indiana — all states where there’s intense late blight disease pressure. OSA is producing seed from the breeding lines this summer in our greenhouse located at our Washington research farm (see photo). This project highlights the value of national collaborations where researchers representing different regions work to achieve a shared goal. The benefits include having data from variety trials in multiple states and coordinating breeding activities to maximize time, resources, and expertise. This project is made possible through support from the USDA’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

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