Volunteer Work Parties with OSA

1st and 3rd Friday of every month | Chimacum, Washington

Join OSA's research team for our Volunteer Work Parties the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our research farm at Brown Farm in Chimacum, Washington. This is a great opportunity to become more engaged in OSA's work and learn about organic farming, plant breeding, harvesting methods, and seed saving. 

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Growing Spinach, Chard, and Beet Seed 

August 31, 2015 | Whidbey Island, Washington
Join OSA and Greenbank Farm from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for this in-depth course on growing spinach, chard, and beet seed in the Pacific Northwest region. These are three crops ideally suited to our northwest maritime climate. Participants will learn recommended production methods from planting to harvest, including timing of planting, horticultural management techniques, and timing and tools for harvest and post-harvest cleaning. 

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Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding
September 11-12, 2015 | Fort Collins, Colorado
Join partners from the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) project for a two-day classroom and field based course on plant breeding. Nationally renowned plant breeders from University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course at Colorado State University on September 11-12, 2015. Participants will learn basic principles to evaluate, develop, improve, and maintain plant varieties for their farm. Instruction will include how to conduct variety trials, set breeding goals, develop breeding plans, and choose parents, and will also describe specific techniques and examples for breeding cross-pollinating and self-pollinating crops. 
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Seed Cleaning Techniques and Equipment

September 16, 2015 | Sequim, Washington 
Join OSA and Nash's Organic Produce from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for this hands-on course on seed cleaning techniques and equipment. Participants will learn the fundamentals of post-harvest seed handling including drying, threshing, and screening and winnowing. Instruction will also include training on small and large seed cleaning equipment. 

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On-Farm Variety Trials 

September 22, 2015 | Orcas Island, Washington
Join OSA and Washington State University for this workshop on Orcas Island. Participants will learn how to conduct variety trials on their farm to identify the best performing organic varieties available varieties for their local growing conditions. This course provides training in basic on-farm experimental design, as well as the tools to efficiently and effectively plan, manage, and evaluate a variety trial and use trial results.

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Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding 

September 29, 2015 | Chimacum, Washington
Join OSA for this daylong course at our research farm at the Chimacum Farm Collaborative from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants will learn the basic skills required to envision, plan, and manage a plant breeding project on their farm. This classroom and field-based course will cover basic genetics and on-farm breeding techniques including how to make crosses with hand pollination. The field component will focus on OSA breeding projects, including examples of inbreeding and outbreeding crops. Prior seed growing experience is required.

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Organic Seed Alliance Research Farm Tour

October 14, 2015 | Chimacum, Washington

Join OSA for a field tour, variety tasting, and celebration at the Chimacum Farm Collaborative on October 14, 2015. Two field tours will lead participants through the vegetable research farm, one at 3:00 p.m. and a second at 5:00 p.m. Each tour will be followed by variety tastings and chef-prepared samplings of select trial crops. Highlighted crops from OSA's research program (weather dependent) include carrots, peppers, onions, lettuce, chard, winter squash, and sweet corn. The tour will include an introduction to WSU’s quinoa and barley breeding projects and the OSA/WSU organic germplasm collaborative. The event will be held at OSA’s research farm, located at the Chimacum Farm Collaborative at 9165 Rhody Drive in Chimacum, Washington, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will include a no-host bar featuring Finn River Ciders. Details TBD.

 

 

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Annual Conference

November 6-8, 2015 | Durham, North Carolina
Join OSA's Kristina Hubbard at this year's Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sustainable Agriculture Confence in Durham, North Carolina. We'll be presenting findings from our current State of Organic Seed project, an ongoing project to monitor the status of organic seed systems in the U.S.
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Tilth Producers of Washington Annual Conference

November 13-15, 2015 | Spokane, Washington
Join OSA's Kristina Hubbard at this year's Tilth Producers of Washington Annual Conference in Spokane, Washington. We'll be presenting findings from our current State of Organic Seed project, an ongoing project to monitor the status of organic seed systems in the U.S.
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Montana Organic Association Annual Conference
December 3-5, 2015 | Bozeman, Montana
Join OSA's Kristina Hubbard at this year's Montana Organic Association Annual Conference in Bozemena, Montana. We'll be presenting findings from our current State of Organic Seed project, an ongoing project to monitor the status of organic seed systems in the U.S.
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8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

February 4-6, 2016 | Corvallis, Oregon
SAVE THE DATE for the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference to be held February 4 - 6, 2016, in Corvallis, Oregon. The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, university extension, certifiers, food companies, seed production and distribution companies, and other organic stakeholders in two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. What is it all about? Here's what our participants' have to say about this one-of-a-kind gathering (video below or click here).

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“As we enter our future world of depleting natural resources, having a diversity of seed adapted to local ecologies will be essential to food security."

 

Frederick Kirschenmann

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Ames, Iowa