This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.
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 . . .
With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.
Chelsea Green Publishing
Hardcover with colour photos throughout.