May 5, 2019
Check out what our Colorado NOVIC collaborators are up to in this Denver Post article.

Tyler Mason is part of our NOVIC team at Colorado State University. Check out what they're working on this season in this Denver Post article

Feb 2, 2019

The NOVIC project is featured in the December/January 2019 edition of the Organic Farmer magazine. Read about our work and how NOVIC serves the greater organic agricultural community.

"Only a handful of companies focus on breeding crops for organic farming systems. Increasingly the public sector is advancing this area of breeding – and with much success. One example is the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC)."

Read the full article here(begins on page 20).

Jan 1, 2019

"For the third time in nine years, the USDA will fund a multi-state research program dedicated to breeding new cultivars of vegetables specially adapted for organic farms.

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Cooperative, or NOVIC, started in 2009 with a $2 million grant from the Organic Research and Extension Initiative, part of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It received a second $2 million grant in 2014, and was once again awarded $2 million earlier this year."

Read the full article about NOVIC's continuation here.

Jan 1, 2019

December 18, 2018. NOVIC 3 was featured in an article by George Plaven in Capital Press. “In general terms, what I think we’re looking for are varieties that do well for growers and make them more profitable, and then provide more nutritious food to consumers and end users,” Myers said. Read the article here,.

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