FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2016
 
CONTACT
Kiki Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance, (406) 544-8946, kristina@seedalliance.org
 
Registration Now Open for Organic Seed Trainings in Montana
September courses will teach specialty crop farmers how to breed and produce organic seed
 
Missoula, MT – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host two hands-on trainings in Montana this September. The first event will teach farmers how to grow high-quality seed using organic farming methods and which specialty seed crops are ideal for their farm and climate. The second event is a two-day course on plant breeding and is intended for farmers, researchers, and students with a strong interest in on-farm crop improvement. Space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to register early.
 
Growing Seed on Your Farm

When: September 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Terrapin Farm in Whitefish, Montana
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Register: Click here or visit www.seedalliance.org/events 
 
This workshop is designed for vegetable farmers with a strong interest in producing seed using organic farming methods. OSA will provide hands-on instruction to help farmers build their skills in organic seed production, handling, and storage. The workshop will provide a brief overview of seed biology but will mostly focus on seed harvesting and cleaning techniques. Participants will also learn how to choose both dry- and wet-seeded crops that are most appropriate to grow for seed in Montana. 
 
Participants should have basic knowledge in seed biology and are encouraged to review OSA’s publications and tutorials at www.seedalliance.org/publications before the workshop. Prior experience in growing seed is recommended.
 
Learn the Fundamentals of On-farm Plant Breeding

When: September 13 – 14, 2016
Where: The classroom component will take place at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. The course also includes a number of farm visits throughout the Mission Valley.
Cost: Free (lunch provided)
Register: Click here or visit www.seedalliance.org/events
 
The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) will teach this two-day classroom and field-based course on plant breeding at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. Nationally renowned organic plant breeders from the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course. Participants will learn basic principles and practices for evaluating, developing, improving, and maintaining plant varieties on their farm. 
 
The course 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.
 
These events are supported by the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, USDA’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative, and the High Stakes Foundation.
 
Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed
 
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