Short Course in Seed Production – Seed can be a valuable crop for sale or on-farm use. It also holds important implications for crop conservation and food security. The class combines narrated PowerPoint presentations with video demonstrations. Topics include Seed Biology, Production Techniques, Crop Selection, Horticultural Requirements, and Seed Cleaning Skills. Registration is $10 for the full course.
Presenters include: Micaela Colley, OSA Director of Research and Education & Sebastian Aguilar, Greenbank Farm Manager
In this self-directed course you will:1) Understand key considerations in managing a seed crop for optimum genetic maintenance.2) Identify which kind of seed source to save seed from, considering legalities and ability to produce a seed crop that is “true to type”.3) Be able to determine when and how to harvest your seed.4) Become familiar with several techniques used to clean seed.5) Identify the main steps for growing and processing a seed crop.6) Become familiar with ideal conditions for storing your seed.
An Organic Seed Alliance program sponsored by WSU’s Small Farms Team with support from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2009-49400-05978