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The Organic Seed Grower
A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.
Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.
In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:
- The reproductive biology of crop plants
- Annual vs. biennial seed crops
- Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity
- Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity
- Seed crop climates
- Seed-borne diseases
- Seed cleaning basics
- Seed storage for farmers
... and more
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNE03-186, Seed growers’ handbook: Producing vegetable seeds for sustainable agriculture, and LNE07-266, Vegetable seed growing handbook.
How to Order
The Organic Seed Grower can be ordered online through its publisher, Chelsea Green Publishing.
These products were developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within these products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.