Open-pollinated seed is being lost at a rapid rate. In the United States 95% of varieties that were grown in 1900 are no longer available today. These varieties were the backbone of the home garden and the market farm for centuries. The Kohala Center has received a grant through the USDA/OREI (Organic Research and Education Initiative) to hold a public Seed Symposium in the spring of 2010. This Seed Assessment is being sent to potential participants in the hopes of gathering basic information about interest and knowledge of seed growing and saving that will assist us in planning a meaningful program for the Symposium. It is our greatest hope that statewide and island-wide seed working groups will emerge from this Symposium, as well as further workshops to gather knowledge, conduct variety trials, and coordinate field days to share seed and information on-farm, leading to production of high quality seed for both the home and market.
To request a hard copy of the survey, please contact Molly Hui at The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411 or email@example.com.