Organic Vegetable Seed Production & Varietal Selection Workshop

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:00 - 15:00

Do you want to learn how to grow organic seed and breed new vegetable varieties for organic production? Join partners from the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) and Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) projects for this one-day classroom and field based workshop intended for farmers, educators, and agricultural students. Nationally renowned researchers from Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course and instruction will include:

  • Seed biology fundamentals
  • Harvesting, processing, and storing seed
  • Population size and isolation requirements
  • Managing pathogens during seed production and after harvest
  • On-farm variety trialing and participatory breeding techniques

We’ll also connect with chefs to develop and identify varieties that shine in the kitchen. The morning classroom portion will be held at the Daniel Turf Center. We’ll head to the field at The Student Farm in the afternoon to tour and taste test advanced carrot and tomato breeding populations.


Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance, Program Director
Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Assistant Professor
Lori Hoagland, Purdue University, Associate Professor
Karen Mitchell, Purdue Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resource Educator
Local Chef and Farmer Panel, TBA

Additional Details

The workhsop will begin in the morning at the Daniel Turf Center located at 1340 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. The afternoon portion of the day will be held at The Student Farm located at 1491 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907.

$15 registration includes workshop, tasting, and catered lunch by The Juniper Spoon.

Questions? Lori Jolly-Brown at 765-494-1296 or