October 21, 2015



Cathleen McCluskey, Organic Seed Alliance, (360) 472-0247,


Organic Seed Training for Farmers and Agricultural Students
Daylong course on organic seed production to be held in Watsonville, California


Watsonville, CA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will host a daylong course on organic seed production and variety improvement on November 15, 2015, in Watsonville. OSA’s Jared Zystro and Steve Peters will lead this training for farmers and agricultural students interested in learning fundamental skills for developing and adapting varieties to their organic farms. 


Topics of instruction will include: the biology of seed production; seed harvesting and cleaning; choosing appropriate seed crops for your farm and climate; maintaining genetic integrity through isolation distances; conducting variety trials; and basic on-farm breeding techniques. The day will also include a hands-on seed cleaning demonstration with a variety of seed crops.


The course will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the Springfield Community Grange located at 10 Werner Road in Watsonville, California. The course fee is $35.00 per person, and includes the daylong training and a light lunch. 


Space is limited, so register early at Please email any food allergies or dietary restrictions organizers should know about to Steve Peters at


This training is intended for farmers and agricultural students. Events will take place regardless of the weather and participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. Prior experience in basic seed growing is recommended. Participants are encouraged to review OSA’s online tutorials on seed saving and production before the course. These resources can be found at 


This event is being offered at a discounted rate thanks to support from Gaia Fund.


About Organic Seed Alliance: Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. Each year we educate thousands of farmers and other agricultural community members, conduct professional organic plant breeding and other seed research, and advocate for national policies that strengthen organic seed systems. Learn more at


About the Ecological Farming Association: The mission of the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is to nurture healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration.

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