Opportunities to Produce Organic Seed on Farm: A Strategy to Diversify Markets and Increase Resilience

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 2-3:15 p.m.
  • Speaker: Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance
  • Location: Room 202-5
  • Track: Track E

Growing seed on farm can improve your farm’s economic and environmental resilience, but requires knowledge of the crop production, processing, and markets unique to seed. Benefits include the opportunity to diversify your crops, preserve culturally significant varieties, increase your farm’s preparedness to climate change, and reduce reliance on external sources for this critical farm input. Growing certified organic seed also offers a prime local, regional and national market opportunities, but requires an understanding of the handling and certification process. This workshop will be delivered in English and Spanish.

About the Speaker

  • Micaela Colley

    Organic Seed Alliance

    Micaela Colley leads Organic Seed Alliance’s collaborative research and education programs focused on cultivating seed skills, sharing seed knowledge, and collaborating on participatory plant breeding projects. She works to foster resilient, community seed systems regionally, nationally and internationally. Micaela advises on the EU project LiveSeed and holds a PhD in organic and participatory plant breeding.