OSA’s California activities are in full swing, with organic plant breeding, variety trials, and educational workshops happening throughout the state. In five regional hubs — the Northeast, Northwest, Bay Area, Sierras, and far South — we’re focused on activities that help California growers share seed cleaning equipment and solve organic seed production challenges. We’re also hosting or participating in a number of workshops this summer, including a field day at an OSA research site in Gilroy (August 14th), a field day at Redwood Seed Company’s farm outside of Manton (September 18th), and a seed production workshop in Santa Cruz (October 16th). Keep checking our events page for updates and details. We also have scholarships available for farmers to attend UC Davis’s seed production and seed business courses. Email OSA’s Leyla Cabugos for more information about participating in a regional hub.
Jared Zystro is OSA’s research and education assistant director. In his work at OSA, he manages OSA’s regional development in California, conducts participatory breeding projects and variety trials, and teaches farmers about seed production and plant breeding at workshops, conferences and field days.