Variety Trials

Organic farmers need to know how varieties will perform in their specific farming environment. OSA conducts variety trials to help farmers choose the right varieties for their farms. In addition, researchers use this data to determine breeding priorities. The data is collected through regional and national variety trial networks and is made widely available through a national database.

 

Not all organic systems are alike. Climate, soil type, and nutrient management vary by farm and region. Through projects such as  Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) and  Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) we are researching how varieties perform in different organic systems. This information will help OSA and other organic plant breeders adapt crops to the organic farms of their intended use.

 

 

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"Organic Seed Alliance's work is crucial, and helps farmers regain control of their seed supply to ensure a more resilient food system. OSA is creating an organic seed system to better serve the interests of organic growers."

 

Hanako Myers and Marko Colby

Midori Farm

Port Townsend, Washington