As the climate changes, more farmers and gardeners in the Upper Midwest are interested in learning how to adapt and breed crop varieties that thrive in their region. To meet this need, Organic Seed Alliance, Dr. Julie Dawson at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and SeedLinked are launching a collaborative project funded by the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). The Collaborative Plant Breeding Network Development for Organic Systems in the Upper Midwest project will engage organic farmers, independent plant breeders, seed companies, and organic certifiers in plant breeding and trialing on organic farms, developing and field-testing new data sharing and networking tools, and releasing new varieties of sweet peppers and tomatoes adapted to the Upper Midwest.
Are you a farmer or gardener in the Upper Midwest? Do you want to help adapt key crops to your growing environment, while connecting with and learning from experienced breeders and seed savers in the region? Consider joining our collaborative plant breeding network! Sign up below for more information.