Pre-Conference Tour of Organic Seed in the Willamette Valley
Join Organic Seed Alliance and Oregon Tilth for this day-long pre-conference tour of organic seed production in the Willamette Valley. Participants will visit multiple sites and learn first-hand about organic seed research and production of varying sizes in the area. Tour details are below. Seats are limited and sell fast! Be sure to register today.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $120.00 includes day-long bus tour, breakfast, and lunch (NOTE: does not include full conference registration)
Register: Seats are limited -- register online today
American Grass Seed Company/Stalford Seed Farm/Greenwillow Grains
We will visit this unique and innovative business collaborative that incorporates the work of three separate companies to produce both conventional and organic grains and seeds in the Willamette Valley. Tour participants will visit both the site of the main operation and seed cleaning facility to learn about what it takes to successfully grow, clean, process, and market organic grains in the Willamette Valley.
Gathering Together Farm
Weather permitting, we will tour overwintering chicory trials at Gathering Together Farm with Joelene Jebbia of Gathering Together Farm and Lane Selman of Oregon State University and the Culinary Breeding Network (CBN). If conditions are not conducive to a field tour, participants will gather in the beautiful Gathering Together Farm Stand for a presentation and discussion of the value of on-farm variety trials and the work of the CBN. The CBN is a new project dedicated to bridging the gap between breeders and eaters to improve agricultural and culinary quality in the Northwest.
Wild Garden Seed -- Mary’s River Grange Hall
Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed will present an overview of the workings and operations of his highly successful seed business, Wild Garden Seed. He will also take tour participants on an oral and visual journey through the production of his main seed crop species, using plants and seeds to describe and demonstrate some key elements to their successful production.
Oregon State University – Organic Vegetable and Grain Production
Tour participants will learn about efforts in breeding barley for organics and some of the finer points of vegetable breeding at Oregon State University (OSU). Pat Hayes, head of the barley breeding program at OSU, will provide an overview of his program and enlighten participants to the many wonders of the mysterious world of barley, some of which we will have the opportunity to taste and sample. Jim Myers, lead vegetable breeder at OSU, will give a demonstration of hand pollination techniques on several different crops and discuss his work breeding vegetables for organic production.
“OSA is the place I always turn to when I need to know more about an issue or learn more about how best to produce and save a particular kind of seed. With OSA and others leading the charge, I know the integrity and future of organic seeds is assured.”
Electra de Peyster
Santa Rosa, California