FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2016
 
CONTACT
Cathleen McCluskey, Organic Seed Alliance, (360) 472-0247, cathleen@seedalliance.org
 
Registration Now Open for Organic Seed Training in California
August course will teach specialty crop farmers how to produce organic seed commercially
 
Humboldt, CA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Northern California Seed Hub will host a two-day training in California later this month. The workshop and field day will teach farmers how to incorporate seed production into their diversified farm plan. Space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to register early. Register at www.seedalliance.org/events by August 25, 2016.
 
OSA will provide hands-on instruction to help farmers build their skills in seed production biology, on-farm breeding, variety trials, seed harvesting and cleaning, choosing seed crops for their system and climate, managing population size and isolation distance, and economics and identifying markets. The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) will provide Spanish translation.
 
Participants can register for one or both days of the training. Registration costs for two days is $35.00 and $20.00 for one day, and includes lunches. 
 
Fundamentals of Commercial Organic Seed Production Workshop
 
When: August 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Golden Rule Garden in Willits, California
Cost: $20.00 for the workshop only (includes lunch) or $35.00 for the workshop and the seed production field day the following day
Register: Click here or visit www.seedalliance.org/events 
 
Seed Production Field Day

When: August 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Rule Garden in Willits, California 
Cost: $20.00 for the field day only (includes lunch) or $35.00 for the field day and the fundamentals of commercial organic seed production workshop the previous day
Register: Click here or visit www.seedalliance.org/events
 
 
The training is intended for farmers, researchers, and agricultural students. Prior experience in seed growing is recommended. Participants are encouraged to review OSA’s publications and tutorials at www.seedalliance.org/publications before the course.
 
This event is made possible thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant 15-SCBGP-CA-0046.
 
Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed
 
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