Sep 9, 2017

 '“Organic growers are currently limited by the number of seed sources that are certified organic compared to conventionally-produced see; which has fewer restrictions for how they can grow a seed crop,” he said. “The problem is what’s suited for one geographic environment may not be appropriate for others.”'

Read the full article at

May 5, 2017

Read about the NOVIC team's sweet corn breeding projects in the March/April 2017 edition of Edible Seattle. Find the article at


May 5, 2017

Results from the NOVIC project were presented at the Capitol Hill Agricultural Research Exhibition last month. Read about the event at Seed Broadcast.

Jul 7, 2016

It's with heavy hearts that the NOVIC team shares the news of NOVIC collaborator Larry Robertson's passing. Visit Seed Broadcast for a tribute to Larry and his influential career in the seed world.

Mar 3, 2013
"Iron Lady" a new triple resistant tomato bred by Martha Mutschler in conjunction with North Carolina State and Cornell Universities.

Article on the release of "Iron Lady" a new triple resistant tomato bred by Martha Mutschler in conjunction with North Carolina State University and Cornell University.

The following description from the High Mowing Seeds catalog:

Fight the blight with this disease resistant mid-size red slicer! Iron Lady exhibits triple resistance to the three major tomato leaf diseases – early blight, late blight and Septoria leaf spot – as well as tolerance to verticillium and fusarium wilt. Fine textured fruit is both dense and juicy with good tomato flavor. Fruit size is 3-4” in diameter and approximately 5 oz in weight. Determinate plants are 2.5-3’ tall and don’t require trellising. Comprehensive resistance to all but one minor strain of late blight. Resistance to SLS is robust, but can be further bolstered by reducing the presence of inoculums: plant Iron Lady away from susceptible varieties. When the siege of disease hits your tomatoes, Iron Lady will be among the last standing! First in a new generation of triple resistant varieties, from our collaboration with Cornell University and North Carolina State University. Determinate. (Lycopersicon esculentum)

Days to maturity: 75 days
Disease Resistance: Late Blight, Early Blight, Fusarium Wilt (races 1,2), Verticillium Wilt, SLS

Oct 10, 2012

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's article: 

Stories from the Field: Breeding Seeds of Success



Apr 4, 2012

Lancaster Farming article - "Breeding a Better Veggie"

Feb 2, 2012

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. 

These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, conserve energy, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.  In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.

Nov 11, 2011
Jaret Foster, Senior Market Manager of Portland Farmers Market, highlights the NOVIC project's recent pepper tasting

Pick A Pepper article on the Portland Farmers Market blog