Learn the basic biology and techniques of growing organic seeds on-farm. Topics will include reasons for saving seeds, plant and seed biology, managing pollination and isolation, how to maintain and improve varieties, and basic techniques of harvesting, threshing, and cleaning your seed crop. There will be examples of successes and failures and an overview of common pitfalls and how to avoid them. The session will also include a discussion on setting up local/regional cooperative seed banks comprised of farmers and gardeners to share seeds and their experience growing a variety of seed crops.
Aaron Dinwoodie, Tunitas Creek Ranch, Half Moon Bay, CA;
Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance, Arcata, CA.