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From Variety Trials to Seed Saving: Lettuce Production in the Northeast
Thursday November 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
LETTUCE! Whether you prefer crispheads, loose-leaf, butterheads, oak leaf, boston or romaine…lettuce will come in the right color, taste and texture just for you! Fall and Summer leaf lettuces are being trialed across Ontario this year through the Farmer-Led Research Program, and gardeners, farmers and seed savers across Canada are growing lettuce seed for Seeds of Diversity Canada’s Seed Library. The diverse plants that make up the lettuce crop family present lots of challenges and rewards, especially when it comes to growing lettuce in the summer heat, and when saving and cleaning those tiny, light-as-air seeds. Tune into this 1-hour and a half webinar to hear all about aspects of on-farm variety trialing, selecting, isolating, and cleaning lettuce from three speakers: Ann Slater, farmer-researcher trialing summer and fall lettuces with 9 other farms across Ontario; Adrienne Shelton, northeast product specialist for Vitalis Organic Seeds; and Lia Babitch, co-general and seed garden manager at Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seeds. This webinar is being hosted in partnership with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Everyone is welcome!