Resources for Organic Plant Breeding



Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative

NOVIC Project Introduction. See also additional videos on breeding broccoli, carrots, peas, sweet corn and winter squash in the NOVIC project.

Breeding for Nutrition in Organic Seed Systems, 2012, by Philipp Simon, Jim Myers, Micaela Colley and Walter Goldstein

How to Breed for Organic Production Systems Webinar, by Dr. Jim Myers. 2011.

Introduction to On-Farm Organic Plant Breeding Workshop. Captured live at the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference, John Navazio, Organic Seed Alliance and Washington State University, discusses the basics of on-farm plant breeding and presents two case studies.

Participatory Variety Trials: Assessing Response to Environment in Organic Vegetable Crops. Presented in 2015 by Alex Lyon.

Vegetable Breeding Research Updates, by Jim Myers, 2016.

NOVIC as a model for breeding and trialing vegetable varieties for organic systems, 2019.

Lessons Learned in Farmer Participatory Breeding in the NOVIC Project, by Jim Myers. Recorded at the Organic Agriculture Research Forum at the SSAWG Conference on January 23, 2020. 

What's so Special about Organic Seed? While in Port Townsend, Washington, the crew stopped at the Organic Seed Alliance to talk with seed geneticist John Navazio.

Organic Carrot Breeding by Dr. John Navazio:  Part 1;  Part 2;  Part 3

eOrganic YouTube site


Presentation by Michael Mazourek, Rachel Hultengren, and Lauren Brzozowski on February 5, 2016, at the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, Oregon.

Organic Seed Alliance

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