UPDATE MARCH 9, 2023: Application period closed
We’re pleased to be offering our Organic Seed Production Online Course this spring and summer! This interactive, cohort-based course is designed to supplement an on-farm seed production training experience. Any beginning producer working on a seed farm is invited to apply. Applications will be accepted through March 8, 2023.
The course includes six modules over six months, and is focused on the biological, technical and economic aspects of organic seed production. The 2023 course will run from March through August of this year. Check out the draft syllabus here.
Course Calendar – Provisional
|Suggested date for live session*||Topic|
|1- Thursday March 30, 2023||Introduction to the class|
|2- Thursday April 13, 2023||Basic concepts about crop reproductive biology and soil health|
|3- Thursday April 27, 2023||Crop planning|
|4- Thursday May 11, 2023||Variety Trialing Selection, and Improvement|
|5- Thursday May 25, 2023||Plant Health for Seed Production|
|6- Thursday June 8, 2023||Discussion about previous topics|
|7- Thursday June 22, 2023||Assessing seed maturity, harvest and post-harvest drying|
|8- Thursday July 6, 2023||Seed Cleaning and Seed Storage|
|9- Thursday July 20, 2023||Seed Sovereignty, Seed Security and Intellectual Property Rights|
|10- Thursday August 3, 2023||Viable Livelihoods in Seed Production and wrap up|