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Welcome to the 2018 Young Farmers Conference! Please be sure to register for each session you plan to attend, as capacity is limited. Also make sure to edit your schedule if you decide you no longer want to attend a session so that others have a chance to add it to their schedule.
Wednesday, December 5 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Know Your Seed: Choosing the Best Varieties for Your Farm LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Seeds are a foundational component of any successful farm, but how much do you really know about the seeds you are planting? Presenters Amy Grondin (Organic Seed Alliance), Jason Grauer (Stone Barns Center) and Adrienne Shelton (Vitalis Organic Seeds) are passionate about organic and sustainable seeds and breeds. In this workshop, they will share their experience of the intricacies of the organic seed industry, from global breeding companies to independent breeders, and why organic seed is so important. Farmers play a critical role in influencing the new varieties that are commercialized each year, and we will discuss how to become a part of the process of determining which seeds make it to market. We will also present ideas for designing and implementing successful on-farm trials, with practical case studies from ongoing variety trials at Stone Barns Center.

Speakers
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Jason Grauer

Crop Production and Farm Consulting Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Jason spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full time, and he spent two seasons... Read More →
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Amy Grondin

Commercial Fisherman, Organic Seed Alliance
Amy Grondin has worked in the salmon industry as a fish buyer, microprocessor and commercial fisherman in Alaska and Washington since 1993. When off the water, Amy provides commercial fishing outreach to communities and organizations. Some of her past contracts include work with Sustainable... Read More →
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Adrienne Shelton

Organic Product Specialist, Vitalis Organic Seeds
Adrienne is the Northeast Organic Product Specialist for Vitalis Organic Seeds.  She earned a masters degree in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics and a doctorate in Environment and Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research included plant breeding for organic... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
West Haybarn

Attendees (65)