Two Workshops in One Day: Organic Broccoli Production and Variety Trial Results preceeded by Organic Variety Trials, Seed Saving, and Breeding

We are offering two organic workshops back to back on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC. (Directions)

WNC Organic Broccoli Production: Variety Trial Results, Opportunity to Do Some On-farm Tests, and Grower Discussion
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
At this workshop we will present the results from the Organic Participatory Broccoli Variety trials conducted on the certified organic unit at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Learn which varieties grew best and tasted best during the most challenging growing season we have had in a very long time. We also have funds to support three on-farm tests to see how the better varieties perform on working farms: we will supply seeds and a small honorarium. We hope to recruit those cooperators at this workshop. There will also be a general discussion and share session about organic broccoli production in WNC; opportunities, challenges, and research needs. Lunch will be provided for growers who attend both workshops. The research and workshop are supported by the Organic Farming Research Foundation. If you plan to attend the broccoli workshop, please drop an email to There is no cost for this afternoon workshop.

On-Farm Variety Trials, Seed Production and Plant Breeding: A Primer for Organic Vegetable Growers in North Carolina
Time: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
This workshop will feature John Navazio, Ph.D., of the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), Senior Scientist for OSA and Organic Seed Specialist for Washington State University Extension. This workshop will introduce growers to the principles of designing, conducting and evaluating on-farm variety trials using basic scientific methods. We will discuss choosing appropriate varieties, integrating trials into your current production, and crop traits to consider for trial assessment. Learn the basics of reproductive biology, harvest timing and seed cleaning using vegetable crop examples that are best suited for seed production in the varied climates of North Carolina. Crops discussed will include collards, kale, crowder peas, melons, cucumbers, squash, peppers, and tomatoes. We will cover classical breeding methods that can be used to enhance varietal adaptation to your cultural practices as well as environmental and market challenges.
While open to anyone, content will be aimed at growers who have strong baseline knowledge in sustainable vegetable production. We also welcome extension personnel and those providing technical assistance in the agricultural field. 

Cost for the morning workshop: $10.   Registration: Online at CFSA's online store First-time registrants in this system simply create a guest user name and password by clicking the "New Visitor Registration" link when prompted to login. If you are a current CFSA member you should already be in the system with your login name being your primary email. Click the "Forgot your password?" link to have it reset it and send you an email with a new one.
Snacks, coffee and beverages will be provided throughout the morning along with a number of take-home publications on pertinent workshop topics. Contact the following people for any questions regarding… registration: Anna Dobbs,, 919-542-2402 and workshop content and day-of support: Eric Soderholm,, 252-482-0696 (o), 301-221-7119 (m). Funding for the morning workshop comes from a USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant administered through the NCDA.

These workshops are brought to you by staff from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and staff in Jeanine Davis' program at NC State University.

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