Organic Seed Tutorial

Learn the basics of organic seed production. This course is designed to accompany an on-farm internship.

Stay tuned for a revised version of this Self-Led tutorial – Winter 2021

This tutorial is brought to you by the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA). This tutorial was developed in 2016 Р2017 in partnership with  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) and was designed to supplement an on-farm training in seed production. Organic seed production is a potentially lucrative opportunity for farmers, yet the specialized skill set required to grow high-quality organic seed serves as a barrier to entry for many farmers. At the same time, persistent gaps in the organic seed supply make seed farmers training opportunities all the more essential. This course offers a multimedia learning experience with readings, a series of six webinars and assignments.

Our goal is to cultivate a network of seed farmers committed to educating next generation farmers, and to support high-quality on-farm education to give beginning seed farmers real-world experience in production, business planning, marketing, and socio-political awareness.

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Tutorial Overview

  1. Crop Planning
  2. Trials and Selection
  3. Diseases and Pests
  4. Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques and Equipment
  5. Seed Cleaning and Recordkeeping
  6. Seed Contracting and Economics

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Advancing ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming needs in a changing world