Join Organic Seed Alliance and Dr. Phil Simon of USDA-ARS and University of Wisconsin-Madison for a daylong intensive on breeding organic carrots for organic systems. 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 will get hands-on experience with seed cleaning, root selections, and quality evaluations.
The workshop is intended for farmers, seed producers, and agricultural students with basic knowledge of crop and seed biology. The training 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 grant, part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Award # 2016-51300-25721: CIOA 2- Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture With Added Grower and Consumer Value.Register Now