On May 20th 2019 the Organic Seed Alliance organized the workshop “On-farm Management of Plant and Seed Health” in Chimacum, an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. Chimacum is located in the center of the primary agricultural area of the eastern Olympic Peninsula, and was the perfect setting for discussing with local farmers about plant and seed management.
DYNAVERSITY gave its contribution thanks to the participation of the project partners Stephanie Klaedtke, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and Corentin Hecquet, University of Liège.
Stephanie Klaedtke who has a background in participatory plant breeding and farmer seed networks, gave a talk on “Plant and Seed Health”.
“We are trying to understand how people network around seeds and crop diversity – explained Klaedtke – and what favors this networking while maintaining the specificities of the different actors involved”.
Seed producers, market gardeners and gardeners, attended the workshop, as well as the Organic Seed Alliance staff. After the talk, a group discussion about farming practices and the European seed movement was held.