Organic Seed Alliance brings crops to table

Kirk Boxleitner kboxleitner@ptleader.com
Posted 9/26/17

“What the organic movement is about is food that’s grown in ways that are ethical and environmentally safe, and that will make you healthy,” Michaela Colley, program director of the Organic …

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Organic Seed Alliance brings crops to table

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“What the organic movement is about is food that’s grown in ways that are ethical and environmentally safe, and that will make you healthy,” Michaela Colley, program director of the Organic Seed Alliance, told visitors to Finnriver Farm Sept. 25. Guests prepared to graze through a buffet line of different varieties of carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables during their third annual field day and taste test.

During the public tours of the on-site greenhouses and crop fields, Colley explained that Finnriver and the OSA partner with expert plant breeders whom she deemed “an important commodity” in farming, “since there are only so many true experts on carrots or tomatoes.”

Colley elaborated that these partners work together to determine which varieties of plants grow better in the Pacific Northwest, as opposed to other regions such as the Midwest, as well as which strains make more efficient use of soil nutrients, or are more naturally resistant to disease, thus precluding the need for pesticides.

The buffet meals that cap off these annual tours allow the members of the public to offer feedback on which vegetables they find most appetizing.

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