[montanafood_ag] Registration Still Open for TWO Organic Seed Trainings this Month!

Kristina Hubbard kristina at seedalliance.org
Thu Sep 1 09:54:28 MDT 2016

Registration Still Open for Two Organic Seed Trainings in Montana

Missoula, MT - Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will co-host two hands-on trainings in Montana this September. The first event will teach farmers how to grow high-quality seed using organic farming methods and how to identify which specialty seed crops are ideal for their farm and climate. The second event is a two-day course on plant breeding co-hosted by the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) and is intended for farmers, researchers, and students with a strong interest in on-farm crop improvement. Space for both events is limited.

Growing Seed on Your Farm

When: September 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.?
Where: Terrapin Farm in Whitefish, Montana
?Cost: $15 (includes lunch)?
Registration required: Click here<https://donate.seedalliance.org/whitefish/events/organic-seed-production-workshop/e89641> or visit www.seedalliance.org/events

This workshop is designed for vegetable farmers with a strong interest in producing seed using organic farming methods. OSA will provide hands-on instruction to help farmers build their skills in organic seed production, handling, and storage. The workshop will provide a brief overview of seed biology but will mostly focus on seed harvesting and cleaning techniques. Participants will also learn how to choose both dry- and wet-seeded crops that are most appropriate to grow for seed in Montana.

Participants should have basic knowledge in seed biology and are encouraged to review OSA's publications and tutorials at www.seedalliance.org/publications<http://seedalliance.org/publications> before the workshop. Prior experience in growing seed is recommended.

Learn the Fundamentals of On-farm Plant Breeding

When: September 13 - 14, 2016
?Where: The classroom component will take place at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. The course also includes a number of farm visits throughout the Mission Valley.
Cost: Free (lunch provided)?
Registration required (almost full!): Click here<https://donate.seedalliance.org/pablo/events/fundamentals-farm-plant-breeding-workshop/e88874> or visit www.seedalliance.org/events

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=tunvdeyab.0.0.cpezf8aab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Feorganic.info%2Fnovic> (NOVIC) will teach this two-day classroom and field-based course on plant breeding at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. Nationally renowned organic plant breeders from the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course. Participants will learn basic principles and practices for evaluating, developing, improving, and maintaining plant varieties on their farm.

The course is intended for farmers, researchers, and agricultural students. Prior experience in seed growing is recommended. Participants are encouraged to review OSA's publications and tutorials at www.seedalliance.org/publications<http://seedalliance.org/publications> before the course.

Contact: Kiki Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance, (406) 544-8946, kristina at seedalliance.org

These events are supported by the Montana Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, USDA's Organic Research and Extension Initiative, and the High Stakes Foundation.

Kristina (Kiki) Hubbard

Director of Advocacy & Communications

Organic Seed Alliance

(406) 544-8946


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