October 28, 2015


Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance, (406) 544-8946,


 Training Will Help Specialty Crop Growers with Seed Trials on their Farm
Montana Organic Association workshop to teach on-farm experimental design


Missoula, MT– Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will lead a workshop for specialty crop growers interested in learning how to conduct organic variety trials on their farm. The workshop is offered as part of the Montana Organic Association’s (MOA) annual conference on December 3, 2015, at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, MT, and is co-sponsored by Lake County Community Development Corporation in Ronan, MT. 


The instructor, OSA’s Steve Peters, has extensive experience in organic research, including past work at the Rodale Institute and Seeds of Change.  


The workshop is geared toward organic specialty crop growers interested in learning how to conduct variety trials on their farm. Variety trials help growers identify the best performing varieties available for their local growing conditions. Choosing the right crops and varieties for local climates, field conditions, and markets can significantly minimize loss and increase agricultural success. For certified organic growers who are required to use organic seed when commercially available, variety trials are an important tool for identifying new or existing organic varieties that perform well on their farm. 


Participants can expect to receive training in basic on-farm experimental design and how to effectively plan, manage, and evaluate a variety trial and use trial results. 


The workshop will run from 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. The cost is $25 for specialty crop producers and $35 for non-specialty crop producers. Lunch is provided. Pre-workshop check-in begins at 7:00 a.m.


Following the workshop, participants are invited along for a free tour of Montana State University’s seed laboratory beginning at 2:00 p.m. Space is limited.


To register, go to or contact Sandi Shanks at 406-297-7588 or


This workshop is made possible thanks to the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


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 seed production research, and advocate for national policies that strengthen organic seed systems. Learn more at


About Lake County Community Development Corporation: The mission of Lake County Community Development Corporation (LCCDC) is to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of all residents of Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation. LCCDC enhances regional and state economic opportunities by providing client services to value added agriculture and specialty food businesses through the management and operation of a viable community-based food processing center. Learn more at

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