Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course 2020

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In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 18-week program runs January 20th – May 24th, 2020.

Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction with expert and successful organic seed producers Kathy Rothermel of Kitchen Table Seed House and Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds.

The course will focus on building the competencies needed for successful, commercial organic seed producers. Students will be granted access to Module 1 immediately upon registration and will be expected to complete it prior to the course starting on January 20.

Modules covered in this certificate program include:

1. Organic Farming Practices
2. Organic Seed Production and Harvesting
3. Organic Seed Quality Assurance
4. The Business of Organic Seed Production
5. On-Farm Organic Plant Breeding

2020 Course syllabus

Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 4 to 8 hours but will vary by student

Required Course Textbooks:

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production by John Navazio (approx. $50)

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, 2nd Edition by Carol Deppe (approx $28).

Admission into this program requires that students have a basic level of knowledge and/or experience in seed production. This will be evaluated using a pre-enrollment questionnaire. The program of study is flexible, allowing students to spend more time on concepts that are most important to them. Over the duration of the certificate, and central to the successful completion of the course, students will work with instructors to develop their own unique commercial seed-farm business plan.

Technical requirements: This course requires Internet service of sufficient quality to view online videos, interactive media, and to participate in webinars. The digital media used in COG’s courses have been selected considering low data requirements. Learners can also acquire lessons in a self-organized group setting by regional meet-ups in local libraries or schools.

An optional 40-hour in-field experiential learning practicum placement is also offered that will partner students with mentors to give them more hands-on experience. This practicum exercise is an important and distinctive offering which brings practice-based learning to the online learning format. Learn more about the practicum and various practicum options here: OVSP 2019 Optional Practicum