Friday, February 3
Organic seed is essential to the integrity and quality of organic food, but many organic produce handlers and food processors have limited knowledge about seed and currently play no role in the development of superior market-ready varieties. This workshop will demonstrate the importance of organic seed to the success of the broader organic food trade, emphasizing the role that organic processing and retail businesses can play in ensuring farmers have the organic seed they need to meet market demand. Organic seed growers, plant breeders, farmers, produce retailers, and food processors will talk about collaborations that ensure organic integrity along the entire production chain -- beginning with organic seed.
Speakers: Barry Haynes, Produce Manager, Ashland Food Cooperative; David Lively, VP of Sales & Marketing, Organically Grown Company; Micaela Colley, Executive Director, Organic Seed Alliance; additional speakers TBA