Join eOrganic and the Organic Seed Alliance for live webinar broadcasts of 2 sessions from the 2020 Organic Seed Growers Conference:
Register just once to attend both sessions. Each session lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. They are free and open to all and registration is required. See session descriptions below.
eOrganic is excited to return to the Organic Seed Growers Conference to broadcast 2 live sessions!
February 14: Stepping Up Biennial Seed Production
Producing biennial seed crops is challenging for seed growers in many climates. This workshop is designed to help seed growers gain confidence and skills in biennial seed crop production. A panel of presenters will dig into the details of handling specific crops in different climatic conditions while offering tips on storage, timing of planting, the optimum size, and protecting crops through winter. This session will combine a presentation format with group discussion at the end so participants can learn from others’ experiences.
Speakers: Beth and Nathan Corymb, Meadowlark Hearth Farm; Laurie McKenzie, Organic Seed Alliance; and Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds
February 15: Seed Economics: Balancing Passion and Profitability in Seed Growing
Seed growing holds immeasurable value – from the empowerment of adapting crops to thrive in a region to the urgent need for genetic and cultural preservation to the potential for increasing on-farm habitat. For many growers seed is a calling and makes agronomic sense in a diverse farming system, but the economics of seed must also be considered to ensure economic sustainability. This session will share tools developed by an agricultural economist working with farmers to track production costs and assess profitability. Panelists will include experienced and beginning seed producers across a range of crops, scales, geographies, and business models. Discussion will focus on how to use economic tools to make decisions in seed production and how these growers balance their assessment of the economic, environmental, and personal values of growing seed on farm. This moderated panel will include ample time for audience questions and honest exploration of the challenges and rewards of life as a seed grower.
Speakers: Steph Gaylor, Invincible Summer Farms; Beth Rasgorshek, Canyon Bounty Farm; Winston Oakley, Highland Economics; Judy Owsowitz, Terrapin Farm; and Karl Sutton, Fresh Roots Farm
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You can find many recordings from the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 conferences on the eOrganic YouTube channel here.
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