On-Farm Plant Breeding with
Dr. John Navazio
Improve the vegetable varieties you grow and help adapt them
to your farm or garden.
To help northwest farmers and gardeners grow the best vegetables possible and save healthy, improved seed from season to season, WSU Snohomish County Extension is bringing the region’s foremost authority on organic plant breeding and seed saving to Everett for a one-day workshop.
We invite farmers, gardeners, and agricultural students to join us for a workshop on the Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding with Organic Seed Alliance Senior Scientist and Washington State University Seed Extension Specialist Dr. John Navazio and Michaela Coley, executive director for Organic Seed Alliance (OSA). The workshop will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA.
You’ll learn how to improve vegetable quality through careful seed selection and improvement as well as how to select for reproductive fitness, yield, disease resistance, and improved performance under adverse conditions. Dr. Navazio will share his knowledge on seed growing basics, sourcing germplasm, and conducting variety trials, as well as basic variety improvement techniques for inbreeding and outbreeding crops. In addition, all attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Navazio's recent book The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, itself a $50 value. Visit http://tinyurl.com/SeedGrower to learn about the book.
By participating in the workshop, growers will have an opportunity to be part of upcoming OSA variety improvement research. Prior experience in basic seed growing is helpful. We suggest reviewing OSA’s online tutorials on seed production and saving before the workshop: www.seedalliance.org/Publications/
This workshop is offered at the discounted rate of $60.00 thanks to support from a WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, Organic Seed Alliance, and Greenbank Farm Ag Training Center. Registration includes instruction, materials, box lunch, and a copy of The Organic Seed Grower. Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/321111or download the form at snohomish.wsu.eduand mail with your check. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information on the workshop, contact Andrew Corbin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (425) 357-6012.
John Navazio, Ph.D. trains farmers, university students, and others in organic seed production and the fundamentals of participatory, on-farm plant breeding for organic systems. His breeding work includes increasing genetic breadth in a number of vegetable crops for their nutritional quality, flavor, texture, ability to scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds, and resist heat and drought.
Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance Executive Director manages participatory plant breeding, research and education projects with farmers, university researchers and other seed professionals. She has authored several educational publications covering topics on organic seed production, on-farm crop improvement and variety trialing and teaches workshops on seed related topics.