Kaua‘i Workshop 2011 Agenda

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Day 1: Sunday, November 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kaua‘i Community College Elections Building, 2nd Floor

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Nancy Redfeather, Coordinator HPSI

The Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Overview by Paul Massey & Jill Richardson

Experience with Gardening and Seeds on Kaua‘i

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Global Seed Industry by Hector Valenzuela

• Why Do Farmers & Gardners Need to Save Seed
• History of Seed Production and Crop Breeding in Hawai‘i
• Law Issues: Plant Variety Protection, Plant Patents, and Utility Patents
• Summary of Statewide Seed Assesment from the 2010 Seed Symposium

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Seed Basics: Botany and Biology by Russell Nagata & Paul Massey
• Monocot and Dicot Plant Differences
• Open-Pollinated vs. Hybrid vs. Heirloom Varieties
• Inbreeding vs. Outbreeding: Know Your Crop’s Mating Preferences
• Selfing vs. Cross Pollination Pollen Transfer
• Reproductive Cycles: Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch Catered by Chef Keli Ranke
During lunch please check the map of the ahupua‘a and make a note of where your farm or garden is located.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Growing Crops for Seed in the Garden by Paul Massey, Jill Richardson, & Russell Nagata
• Culture & Growing Conditions
• Population Numbers: Maintaining Genetic Diversity
• Addressing Seed Purity: Different Strategies
• Isolation Distances (Physical Barriers, etc.)
• Selection: Locally Adapted Varieties, Rouging
• Harvesting Seed

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Seed Viability & Why and How to Do Variety Trials by Hector Valenzuela

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Seed Saving and Storage: Basic Techniques and Ideas by Paul Massey & Jill Richardson

3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Action Agenda: Establishing a Network of Seed Growers by Jill Richardson & Paul Massey
Come together with your ahupua‘a group and choose a group moderator to record and organize your information. Your group will continue this process on Day 2 and the moderator will report back to the conference as a whole.

Questions to consider:
• What is the average rainfall and temperature range of your location?
• What are you growing well and having success with?
• What are the most difficult problems you have encounted with growing?
• What crop or crops would your group like to focus on growing?
• What do you foresee as your biggest challenge? What are your thoughts on overcoming this?

Day 2: Monday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Regenerations Seed Garden
Afternoon Session at Wai
oli Farm in Hanalei.

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Overview of Regenerations Seed Garden by Paul Massey & Marshall Paul

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. Harvesting Seed in the Garden & Growing Requirements for Producing Lettuce for Seed by Russell Nagata

• Cleaning Techniques for Dry Seeded Crops
• Pollination, Isolation, and Optimal Numbers of Plants
• Seed Purity, Improving Lettuce Varieties, Roguing, and Selection
• Seed Storage and Viability Testing

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. History of UH Seed and Breeding Programs by Hector Valenzuela

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fruit Quality Characteristics and Selection of Tomato Varieties for Seed by Glenn Teves

• Harvesting Seed and Seed Processing Techniques for Wet-Seed Crops
• Pollination, Isolation, and Optimal Numbers of Plants
• Seed Purity, Improving Tomato Varieties, and Disease Resistance

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch at Regenerations Gardens Catered by Chef Keli Ranke
After lunch is the perfect time to take a self-guided tour of the garden.

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Panel and Participant Action Agenda: Establishing a Network of Seed Growers
After reconvening in your ahupua‘a groups, group leaders will share the highlights of Day 1 discussions. The panel will work together with each group to clarify information, address concerns, and clearly define goals.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Drive to Wai‘oli Farm in Hanalei. Tour and talk story about kalo propagation and production with 3rd generation taro farmer Chris Kobayashi and her partner Dimi Rivera.

Day 3: Tuesday, November 8
Optional Tour of One Song Farm

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Moloa‘a Fruit Stand and carpool to One Song Farm for a tour with Sun and Lisa.

Workshops will also be given on Maui, Oahu, Molokai, and Hawaii Island. Dates to be determined.