FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2016
 
CONTACTS
Cathleen McCluskey, Organic Seed Alliance, (360) 472-0247, cathleen@seedalliance.org
 
 Field Day Invites Community to Celebrate Organic Seed from Field to Fork
Organic Seed Alliance celebrates second annual harvest at Washington research farm
 
Port Townsend, WA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host a community field day and variety tasting on September 26th, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chimacum Farm Collaborative located at the Finnriver Orchard. The event celebrates the second annual harvest at OSA’s Washington research farm, which serves as the hub of OSA’s Pacific Northwest organic plant breeding, seed education, and variety trial program. Partners from Washington State University (WSU) will join the event to discuss the OSA-WSU Organic Germplasm Consortium and report on local quinoa breeding efforts. 
 
Participants will take a close look at OSA’s research during a one-hour field tour beginning at 4:30 p.m. The field tour will also cover the importance of regional seed systems and why increasing access to organic seed is important to farmers, the communities they feed, and the environment. 
 
Finnriver Cidery will be open for no-host tastings and purchases of cider at 4:00 p.m. A variety tasting and chef-showcase will begin at 5:30 p.m. 
 
Community members are important to the plant breeding process, which is why participants will be asked to evaluate different varieties of colored carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, quinoa and other crops based on flavor, texture, color, and overall appeal. The information gathered during the tasting will be combined with data from the field to determine which varieties to prioritize in future breeding work. A crop may be hardy in the field, but without good flavor and texture, it will likely fail in the marketplace. 
 
In addition to tasting individual varieties, local chefs from the Olympic Peninsula will serve appetizers showcasing the culinary potential of the vegetables grown in the trials. 
 
The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. RSVP today at https://donate.seedalliance.org/chimacum/events/community-field-day-variety-tasting/e94458.
 
The Chimacum Farm Collaborative is located at the Finnriver Orchard and Cidery: 124 Center Road, Chimacum, Washington, 98325. 
 
About the Chimacum Farm Collaborative: The Collaborative was formed in 2014 and is located on a historic dairy farm that has been preserved as working farmland by Jefferson Farmland Trust. The farmhouse is used as an office and meeting and event space. The fields are used to grow crops and conduct research. All crops are grown using organic farming methods, and OSA’s research farm is organically certified through Oregon Tilth. Organizations participating in the Collaborative include OSA; Finnriver Farm & Orchard; Essential Blooms; American Farmland Trust; Washington State University, and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition. 
 
About Organic Seed Alliance: Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of seed. Each year we educate farmers, conduct plant breeding and other seed research, and advocate for national policies that strengthen organic seed systems. Learn more at www.seedalliance.org.
 
About Washington State University: Washington State University Jefferson County Extension supports a vibrant and visionary food and farming sector in Jefferson County. Our county-based educators leverage the broad resources of a major university to resolve issues and create a positive future for the residents of Jefferson County.
 
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