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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Student Organic Seed Symposium

August 9-12, 2015 | Madison, Wisconsin

OSA's Jared Zystro and Laurie McKenzie will present at this year's Student Organic Seed Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. Entering its fourth year, this symposium was incepted to create a scientific community in which graduate students, researchers, farmers, and industry professionals could build relationships and form collaborations to develop the organic seed movement. 
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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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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. Details TBD.

 

 

Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding 

September 30, 2015 | Chimacum, Washington
Join OSA for this daylong course at our reacher farm at the Chimacum Farm Collaborative from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to improve vegetable quality through careful seed selection and improvement. Instruction will include how to select for reproductive fitness, yield, disease resistance, and improved performance under adverse conditions. Participants gain knowledge in seed growing basics, sourcing germplasm, conducting variety trials, and basic variety improvement techniques. 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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Organic Seed Alliance Research Farm Tour
October 14, 2015 | Chimacum, Washington
Join OSA for a tour of our new research farm in Chimacum, Washington this October. We'll tour the fields from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and complete the day with a variety tasting and showcase from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our work and see seed crops in the field. Details TBD.

 

 

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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