Organic Seed Alliance and special guest Dr. Phil Simon from USDA-ARS and University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a daylong intensive on breeding carrots in organic systems for resilience and flavor this October in Chimacum, Washington. Dr. Simon leads the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project and will join OSA’s Micaela Colley and Laurie McKenzie to share insights, knowledge, and experience in breeding carrots for organic systems from seed to root.
Come learn about carrot history and genetics, pollination requirements and population maintenance, and conducting breeding projects with hybrid and open-pollinated carrots. Participants in this daylong intensive will get hands-on experience with seed cleaning, root selections, and quality evaluations.
The workshop will be held on October 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at OSA’s Research Farm at Finnriver Farm & Cidery located at 124 Center Road in Chimacum, Washington. The training is intended for farmers, seed producers, and agricultural students with basic knowledge of crop and seed biology. The event is being offered free of charge and includes lunch. We encourage participants to review materials from OSA’s publication library prior to the training.
This event is made possible thanks to funding from the Sustainable Path Foundation and an Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) grant, part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Award # 2016-51300-25721: CIOA 2 – Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture With Added Growers and Consumer Value.Register Now