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Workshops and Events
Upcoming 2014 Events:
March 8 – ‘Fundamentals of Seed Production’ workshop with OSA’s Micaela Colley at the San Juan Farm Summit, Eastsound, WA
This course teaches participants fundamental skills for developing and adapting varieties to their organic farm. Topics of instruction include: the biology of seed production, seed harvesting and cleaning, choosing appropriate seed crops for your system and climate, maintaining the genetic integrity of varieties with appropriate population sizes and isolation distances, conducting variety trials, and basic on-farm breeding techniques. Prior experience in basic seed growing is recommended. We suggest reviewing OSA’s online tutorials on seed saving and production before the course.
June 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – ‘Breeding Self Pollinated Crops” workshop with OSA’s Dr.John Navazio at Greenbank Farm, Greenbank WA
Join us for this day-long advanced course on how to traditionally breed and improve self-pollinated crops under organic conditions with experienced plant breeder Dr. John Navazio of Organic Seed Alliance and Washington State University. The course will cover the theory and practice of plant breeding, including a detailed description of how to plan and implement your own breeding project. There will be both classroom and field instruction, including an observation of a planted escarole breeding project at Greenbank Farm. This course is intended to help farmers and gardeners who are interested in improving and/or developing self-pollinated crop varieties the skills and confidence they need.
Participants are expected to have attended a previous “Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding” course from OSA or have some background in seed saving and plant selection. Prior to the course, we recommend that participants review the OSA publication “Introduction to On-farm Organic Plant Breeding”, available for free download at http://seedalliance.org/publications.
Registration required: www.seedalliance.org/events
Mid-September – ‘Advanced Seed Harvesting and Cleaning’ workshop with OSA’s Micaela Colley, location tbd
Join us for a day-long advanced course on how to efficiently harvest and clean your seed crops. Demonstrations will include the mechanical belt thresher, clipper seed cleaner, wet seed processor and hand tools available from Greenbank Farm’s seed equipment rental program as well as hear how Nash’s uses their on-farm equipment including combines, a gravity table, spiral separators, a seed dryer and more.
Late-August – ‘Greenbank Farm Variety Trial Field Day’
Come see and help us evaluate the onion, chard and cucumber trials we are conducting as well as observe our seed production plots.
2013 Workshops included:
- 1/16/13 – ‘Variety Trials – Assessing the Best Varieties for your Farm’
- Greenbank Farm, Greenbank
- 3/20/13 – ‘Learn On-Farm Plant Breeding’ with John Navazio
- WSU Snohomish County Extension, Everett
- 8/15/13 – ‘Variety-Trial Field Day’
- Greenbank Farm, Greenbank Farm
- 9/15/13 – ‘Breeding Cross-Pollinated Crops’ with John Navazio
- Oxbow Farm, Carnation