December 2, 2014



Jared Zystro, (707) 502-9984,


Learn How to Produce Seed for Your Organic Farm
Organic Seed Alliance to teach daylong course in Sebastopol, CA


Port Townsend, WA -- Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host a “Fundamentals of Seed Production and Variety Improvement” course on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at St. Stephen’s Church in Sebastopol, CA.


OSA’s Jared Zystro and Steve Peters will teach this daylong course where participants will learn fundamental skills for developing seed varieties for organic farms. 


Topics of instruction include: the biology of seed production, seed harvesting and cleaning, choosing appropriate seed crops for your farm and climate, maintaining the genetic integrity of varieties with appropriate population sizes and isolation distances, conducting variety trials, and basic on-farm plant 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, January 10, 2015. Register at Cost per participant is $25.00 and includes the daylong course as well as a light lunch. St. Stephen’s Church is located at 500 Robinson Road in Sebastopol, California.


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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