Kitt Healy, Organic Seed Alliance, (630) 346-4749, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Lordon, (248) 404-7616, email@example.com
Minnesota Field Day to Focus on Growing Regionally Adapted Seed in the Midwest
Port Townsend, WA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will co-host a field day at Riverbend Farm in Delano, Minnesota, on September 1, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to train participants on how to select, save, and sell regionally adapted varieties on their farm.
Greg and Mary Reynolds run Riverbend Farm, an organic vegetable operation that provides produce to restaurants, schools, and food co-ops, and through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions. Greg Reynolds is an experienced seed grower who works to adapt the varieties he grows to his specific environmental conditions and changing climate.
Field day participants will learn directly from Reynolds and other seed experts, including Koby Jeshkeit-Hagen of Seed Sages and Dr. Julie Dawson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about how they make selections to improve or maintain crop varieties. Participants will also learn about how working with seed companies and universities can strengthen a farm operation. Topics and demonstrations will include region-specific seed saving techniques, useful tools for both small-scale and wholesale seed growers, and more.
This field day is being offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required at this link.
This event is made possible thanks to grant funding from the Minnesota Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the USDA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative.
About Organic Seed Alliance: Organic Seed Alliance advances ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming needs in a changing world. Each year we educate thousands of farmers and other agricultural community members, conduct professional organic plant breeding and seed production research, and advocate for national policies that strengthen organic seed systems. Learn more at www.seedalliance.org.