Archive for the Organic Seed Production Category

Johnny’s Selected Seeds hosts farm tours for Student Organic Seed Symposium

Press release by Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Waterville, Maine: August 5–8, 2016 — Johnny’s Selected Seeds greeted the fifth annual Student Organic Seed Symposium (SOSS) with a full-day tour of its research farm and facilities in Albion and Winslow. From their base at Colby College, a group of 50 students and global leaders […]

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State of Organic Seed 2016

State of Organic Seed 2016

  The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has just released their updated report on the State of Organic Seed for 2016. Building upon an initial assessment of organic seed released in 2011, the 2016 edition of the report synthesizes stakeholder data compiled in 2014 and 2015. One conclusion drawn from both editions: […]

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Avoiding Contamination from GE Potatoes

Avoiding Contamination from GE Potatoes

        Potato (Solanum tuberosum) Organic and non-GE potatoes are considered at low-risk from genetically engineered (GE) potatoes. Since potatoes are propagated vegetatively (from tubers) there is no risk of pollen-caused GE contamination for potatoes grown as seed or tablestock. The highest risk for GE contamination of potatoes is inadvertent […]

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Keeping Soybeans Free of GE Contamination

Keeping Soybeans Free of GE Contamination

  Soybean (Glycine max) Soybeans have the distinction of being the first GE crop deregulated in the US in 1994. Just twelve years later, in 2006, 95% of the U.S. soybean acreage had been converted to GE. Soybean is considered a low-risk candidate for GE contamination due to its nature […]

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Mitigation of GE Sugarbeet Contamination

Mitigation of GE Sugarbeet Contamination

Sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris) Sugarbeets engineered to resist glyphosate were first deregulated in the U.S. in 1998. Market hesitancy, however, stalled the adoption by commercial producers until nearly a decade later. In the U.S., most of the sugarbeet seed production is controlled by a handful of agribusiness corporations and is focused […]

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Avoiding GE Contamination in Canola

Avoiding GE Contamination in Canola

  Canola (Brassica napus; B. rapa) Canola is a high-risk crop in terms of contamination from GMOs. Its basic biology along with its ability to persist outside of cultivation in disturbed habitats (like field edges and roadsides) presents multiple avenues of potential contamination. And contamination poses threat beyond canola seed […]

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GMO Corn Contamination 101

GMO Corn Contamination 101

Corn (Zea mays) Ninety percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered. This fact, coupled with corn’s outcrossing nature, equals significant risk of GE contamination for organic corn growers. Of course, the individual degree of risk differs based on various factors: the region in which the organic […]

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OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 5-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, is the conference for organic seed growers. This biennial conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food companies, organic certifiers, policy advocates, and other stakeholders for two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. It is  […]

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10 Reasons to Opt for Organic Seed

10 Reasons to Opt for Organic Seed

1. Promote Biodiversity. Over the last century thousands of local varieties of seed have disappeared− with estimated losses of nearly 75% of agricultural genetic diversity. 2. Keep Collective Resources in the Commons. Seed sovereignty equals food freedom. Rampant consolidation has swept through the seed industry in recent history, resulting in […]

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Organic Seed Growers Conference Call for Proposals

Organic Seed Growers Conference Call for Proposals

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 4-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, brings together the organic seed community in two days of presentations and networking events focused on organic seed. Hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance, the conference theme is Cultivating Resilience. Proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels addressing […]

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Turns Out, The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

Turns Out, The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

  Excerpt from: “Turns Out The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds” by Kristin Ohlson (published by takepart)         Sarah Kleeger pointed to a goldfinch perched on a waist-high millet plant and scowled, tightening her grip as the black cat in her arms twitched with […]

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Wood Prairie Farm: Pioneering Organic Seed Potato Production

Wood Prairie Farm: Pioneering Organic Seed Potato Production

    Jim & Megan Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater, ME ­­ Wood Prairie Farm consists of 115 acres of isolated farmland bordering the North Woods of Aroostook County, Maine. Here OSGATA Board President Jim Gerritsen, along with his wife Megan and their four children, dedicate their lives to organic […]

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New Survey to Assess State of Organic Seed

New Survey to Assess State of Organic Seed

OSGATA member Organic Seed Alliance recently announced their 2014 survey to assess the challenges and opportunities facing organic seed. Conducted every five years as part of an ongoing “State of Organic Seed” project, this national survey  monitors organic seed availability and use, challenges in sourcing organic seed, and organic plant […]

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Hoop Houses Produce Quality Dry-Seeded Crops in the Northeast

Hoop Houses Produce Quality Dry-Seeded Crops in the Northeast

  By Guest Blogger, Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds (Originally posted on Fruition Seeds “Sow What?” Blog)             Lettuce & many dry-seeded crops are challenging to produce in humid climates, like the Northeastern U.S. Our hot, humid summers make saving certain kinds of seed nearly impossible. […]

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