8th Organic Seed Growers Conference: Cultivating Resilience
Organic Seed Alliance
February 4-6, 2016 Corvallis, OR
The Organic Seed Alliance, and co-hosts Oregon State University, Washington State University, and eOrganic, will be hosting the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, OR.
eOrganic is able to host several of the sessions online through a live webinar broadcast. The webinars are free, and you can register for them here! The following sessions will be available:
Friday, February 5, 2016:
Seed Economics: How to Make Growing and Selling Seed More Profitable 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST Seed Equipment: On-Farm Innovations 5:00pm – 6:30pm EST Vegetable Breeding Research Updates 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST
Saturday, February 6, 2016:
Organic Cover Crop Seed Production
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
Vegetable Seed Production: Scaling Up
4:30pm – 6:00pm EST
Managing Seed Borne Disease: Brassica Black Leg and Implications for Organic Seed Producers and Industry
6:3pm – 8:00pm EST
This is the largest organic seed event in North America, and one of the most innovative and important conferences for organic seed producers in the continent. eOrganic will also be recording the talks, so if you are unable to attend the entire broadcast, you can check about a month later on their excellent eOrganic YouTube channel.
Register for the OSA Webinars here!
Ecological Seed Production Intensive in London and Ottawa
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm
London Clay Art Centre
664 Dundas Street, London, ON
EFAO Member: $40
Non-EFAO Member: $60
Register for London with the EFAO here!
Friday, March 4, 2016
9:30am – 3:00pm
Ottawa, ON (Location: TBA)
Register for Ottawa with Just Food through email@example.com!
Learn from Bob Wildfong, Executive Director, Seeds of Diversity Canada (London and Ottawa) and Greta Kryger, Greta’s Organic Seeds (Ottawa), at this daylong intensive on ecological seed production. Bob and Greta will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of seed production, as well as more advanced topics on seed production such as crop spacing and planting times, managing isolation distances, rogueing and selection strategies, harvesting and cleaning seed, and maintaining good seed quality for all market garden vegetable crops. This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to grow high quality ecological seed for their market gardens.
Thank you to all of the farmers and seed growers that have been attending and hosting incredible training opportunities for farmers in Ontario. All these events are the different ways on how the BFICSS are supporting local, ecological growers who are contributing to building diverse regional seed systems. Come out to these events to learn from, and support farmers who are changing the seed system piece by piece. To learn more about our work visit www.seedsecurity.ca.