Last Saturday OSA hosted an organic seed training in Mount Vernon, Washington, for 40 participants, half of whom were Spanish-speaking. It was the first workshop that OSA has conducted with a translator.
The training provided the basics of seed saving and the climatic requirements for producing seed crops. OSA’s Micaela Colley and Laurie McKenzie covered a lot of ground, beginning the day with reproductive plant biology, discussing the differences between self- and cross-pollinating crops, and how those differences translate into various requirements for population sizes and isolation distances. From there the training moved on to presenting crop-climate categories to help participants understand which seed crops can successfully be produced in which climates.