In response to high interest in our interactive organic seed production course, OSA is offering seed production education through an asynchronous course for seed students who are not working on a seed farm or being mentored as part of our space-limited synchronous program.
After you register and get access to the online platform, you will have one year to review the content of the course. We highly encourage you to review it in a systematic and disciplined way so you can take the best advantage of this valuable information.
Here’s what we are offering:
- Access to 6 training modules
- Structured assignments to help you reflect on what you’ve learned and connect with other students. We encourage you to interact with other fellow students using the “Activity Feed” and “Topics” features of our platform
- Membership in a vibrant network of other learners
As this course is self-paced, you will not receive instructor feedback or support.
Self-Study Course Syllabus
(The syllabus will be updated as new content is developed but will not change drastically from what is listed here)
|Course orientation and Welcome:|
Suggested Video: Crop Reproductive Biology
|Module 1: Crop Planning|
Risk mitigation through careful field planning and management
|Module 2: Variety Selection, Maintenance, and Improvement|
Exploring the role of and approaches to selection in seed production
|Module 3: Plant Health for Seed Production|
Approaches to soil fertility and disease prevention for seed crop health
|Module 4: Assessing Seed Maturity, Harvest and Post-harvest Handling|
Judging seed maturity, and exploring harvest techniques and equipment
|Module 5: Seed Cleaning and Storage|
Maximizing seed quality post-harvest
|Module 6: Seed Growers Livelihoods|
An introduction to seed farm business models