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What Can We Learn From On-Farm Seed Trials?

On-farm variety trials are one of the most effective tools that farmers have for making smart decisions regarding their farm’s future. We will hear from growers who have done extensive seed variety trials on their farms, and we will learn why continual experimentation has been key to their success. They will share their personal experiences on how they set up and conduct field trials, and how they have used the information gathered to ultimately improve their operations. The farmers will also discuss the limitations of field trials, and how proper interpretation of the data can be the greatest challenge.

Track and Session Info

Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations
D | 10:30 am

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Kristyn Leach

Kristyn Leach
Presenter Affiliation: 
Namu Farm
Kristyn Leach runs the organic Namu Farm in partnership with the restaurant Namu Gaji in San Francisco, owned by three brothers with a Korean background.  Since 2012, Leach has grown vegetables and herbs, particularly heirloom Korean produce, for the neighborhood bistro. An avid seed saver, Leach practices traditional peasant farming methods popular in her birth place. She began Namu Farm at the Sunol AgPark, home to small-scale farmers growing crops on the urban fringe. In 2018, Leach moved her operation to Winters. Her Second Generation seed line is a collaboration with Kitazawa Seed Company, a 103 year old business based in Oakland. She is a member of the Asian American Farmers Alliance and active in community efforts to empower farmers of color.



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