The Organic Seed Grower
“Seed is the vital link to our agricultural past”—this is the first line on the first page of The Organic Seed Grower, a new book that is the result of a three-way partnership among author John Navazio, Chelsea Green Publishing, and Northeast SARE.
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 also help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.
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.
Early praise for the book from Suzanne Ashworth, author of Seed to Seed, says that, “John Navazio has taken organic seed production to a higher level with extensive information on selection, genetic integrity, isolation distances, and seedborne diseases. Although his focus is on plant breeders and commercial growers, much of the information is also applicable to small-scale farms producing seed for on-site use.”
Jim Gerritsen, president of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, says, “John Navazio has written the definitive book on organic vegetable seed production. Encyclopedic, yet well written and approachable, this seminal work deserves a place in every grower’s library. An indispensable guide.”
And Tom Sterns, president of High Mowing Organic Seeds, describes the book as, “What we need to take back community control of seeds from those who have taken it from us.”
You can order The Organic Seed Grower from the Chelsea Green website or by calling 800-638-4099.