October 7, 2014



Cathleen McCluskey, (360) 472-0247,


Fundamentals of Seed Production and Variety Improvement Course, Gilroy, CA
Organic Seed Alliance to teach daylong course on October 18, 2014, at Welton Farm


Welton Farm and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host a Fundamentals of Seed Production and Variety Improvement course on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Welton Farm in Gilroy, CA.


Organic Seed Alliance’s Jared Zystro and Steve Peters will teach this daylong course where participants will learn fundamental skills for developing and adapting varieties to their organic farm and tour OSA pepper trials in the field. 


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. 


The course will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Register at Cost per participant is $50.00 and includes the daylong course as well as a light lunch. Welton Farm is located at 10385 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy, California, 95020.


This daylong course is being offered at a discounted rate thanks to support from Columbia Foundation and Gaia Fund.


Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed
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