PLANTING SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE: TAKING CHARGE OF OUR SEED SUPPLY -
Skills, ideas, and connections for creating a regional seed supply.
As genetically engineered field crops threaten to change the nature of
farming, work to preserve and expand the production of regionally
adapted vegetables and field crops is a positive step that farmers, seed
businesses and gardeners can take.
There will be 30 workshops over two days (5 concurrent sessions) a
keynote address by Will Bonsall, a Saturday evening debate on the pros
and cons of genetically modified plants in agriculture with Dr. Dennis
Gonsalves, USDA and Dr. Margaret Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists.
Vendors and exhibitors will be present, with an emphasis on farm-based
businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to go
about seed saving and related seed production techniques. Seed
companies and preservation groups will discuss what they need in the way
of competence and quality from local seed growers. Field crop farmers
will discuss their on-farm breeding of an edible New York State
soybean. And plant breeder Dr. Raoul Robinson will discuss plant
breeding for resistence to disease as a technique to reduce dependence
on pesticides. This conference will inspire, educate and connect all
levels of growers to seed saving and production where they live. There
are also workshops for vegetable growers on livestock options for the
small diversified farm, markets for heritage breeds, and more.
For more information about the conference, contact conference
coordinator Tammy Hinman at (315)824-2864 for a complete conference
brochure. Or look up the conference information on our website at
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