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On-Farm Variety Trials, Seed Production and Plant Breeding (NC)

  • Center for Environmental Farming Systems Main Farm Complex Goldsboro, NC (map)

Who: Dr. John Navazio, Organic Seed Alliance Senior Scientist and Washington SU Extension Organic Seed Specialist

+Principles of designing, conducting and evaluating on-farm variety trials using basic scientific methods

+Choosing appropriate varieties, integrating trials into your current production, and crop traits to consider for trial assessment

+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 NC

+Classical breeding methods that can be used to enhance varietal adaptation to your cultural practices and environmental/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.

When/Where: 9 AM - 1 PM (Sign in at 8:30 AM) for all 3 workshops

Monday, March 17, 2014
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Main Farm Complex (Service Building) Goldsboro, NC 27530

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
North Carolina A&T State University
Coltrane Hall (Godfrey Room) Greensboro NC, 27420
Parking for workshop available at: House of Prayer for All People Church
101 South Dudley Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

***The WNC Organic Broccoli stakeholders meeting and presentation of 2012-2013 Participatory Broccoli Variety Trial results will follow the March 20th workshop from 1:30-3:00PM. If you plan to attend RSVP to:

Cost: $10 includes all workshop materials, snacks and beverages throughout the morning.

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.

Contact the following people with questions:

Anna Dobbs,, 919-542-2402

Workshop content & day-of support:
Eric Soderholm,, 252-482-0696 (o), 301-221-7119 (m)

Earlier Event: March 10
Managing a CSA (TN)