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Tuesday, November 30 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Breeding for Climate Change Resilience

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Over the last 50 years, organic farmers have mainly aimed at optimizing their farming systems with agronomic approaches. More and more, those working in ecological agriculture are recognizing the importance of working in collaboration with plants to enhance yield under low-input conditions and in the face of climate change. A good number of farmers, both independently and in collaboration, are working to adapt important food crops to the conditions presented by a changing climate.  Join this session to hear from Secwépemc farmer, land and seed steward Tiffany Traverse, Korean American farmer and seedkeeper Kristyn Leach, and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa professor Dr Michael Kantar about how you can support this important work and start your own on-farm breeding work.

Tiffany conducts experimental plant breeding projects to adapt nutrient-dense cultivars to our changing climate as a guest in Treaty 8 Territory in northern BC. Kristyn works to adapt crops of the Asian diaspora to the dry, hot conditions of California within a natural farming system that employs minimal tillage, and closed loop fertility management. Dr. Mikey Kantar, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is interested in the intersection between genomics, agriculture and ecology and focuses on the breeding and genetics of vegetable crops through the use of crop wild relatives and the genetic basis of local adaptation.

For more information about organic vegetable breeding, please see this free resource: Breeding Organic Vegetables: A Step-By-Step Guide For Growers By Rowen White & Bryan Connolly (recommended by our speakers!)

And find also two handouts (downloadable from below speaker bios) from Dr Kantar about Breeding programs, as well as about how you can select for different types of traits!

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Kristyn Leach

Namu Farm
Kristyn runs Namu Farm in central California, where she grows predominantly crops of the Asian diaspora. The farm’s focus is to adapt East Asian subsistence farming practices and seed cultivars to the challenges of production farming in dry, hot conditions. The farm uses ecological farming practices... Read More →
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Tiffany Traverse

Tiffany is a Secwépemc farmer, land and seed steward, language learner, and food sovereignty advocate. Her passion for feeding people and firm belief in the right to healthy, culturally-appropriate foods for all, drives her work. She is passionate about the uncomfortable work in... Read More →
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Michael Kantar

University of Hawai'i
Michael (Mikey) Kantar is currently an associate professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where he was appointed in 2016. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia 2013-2015. In 2019-2020... Read More →

Tuesday November 30, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom