Welcome to Day 1 of the Organic Seed Alliance Conference 2014 via ACORN’s blog! This is a warning… this will not be a live recorded event… I’m far too slow for that. I will also not be tweeting. Sorry.
BUT I will be posting notes and thoughts on each of the sessions I attend over the next two days, sharing as much as possible of what’s coming out of this really incredible event!
Micaela Colley, OSA E-D welcomed over 400 participants to the conference this morning. And to say the room was a buzz would be putting it lightly. Farmers, academics, researchers and sector representatives have gathered for this 2 day event devoted to learning and sharing about organic seed. With announcement of “watch out! OSA is hitting its teen years!” Micaela briefly celebrated OSA’s 10 years of working to strengthen organic seed… and quickly moved into the many things they plan to accomplish in the next ten – including increased advocacy for organic seed, collaborative researcher-farmer relationships, and promotion of organic plant breeding as the way forward for food security and climate change responsiveness in the future. (Folks, it’s maybe the most ambitious teenager you’ve ever met!) It was also a pleasure to hear Micaela acknowledge the presence of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security here at the conference as a valued Canadian partner in this work!
Suffice it to say, for now, we’re all feeling energized, and incredibly lucky to be here. I’m excited to share what I see and hear and do with YOU. I’m also really pleased that Michelle Smith, our Seed Extension Specialist, is sharing this job with me. We’re divvying up the workshops, and soaking up as much as we can together. So, stay tuned to the blog and – over the weekend, and next week – we hope to share our experience and learning with you! Yeah! Also, note that OSA is live broadcasting a selection of workshops this weekend. You can register here! Thanks for reading! Talk to you soon!