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Selecting "Modern" Heirloom Beans

Join eOrganic for a webinar on selecting dry beans for seed, by Tom Michaels of the University of Minnesota. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11AM Pacific, 12 Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

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About the Webinar

Hawk-eyed gardeners may notice plant-to-plant differences after sowing saved seed. What can they do to isolate the best of these variants and establish their own varieties? In this webinar the presenters describe the procedures they followed as part of an OREI organic dry bean breeding project to identify and select plants within four heirloom dry bean varieties, and to generate new varieties with improved adaptation to upper Midwest growing conditions. These approaches can be applied to CSA, market garden and backyard garden-scale situations by aspiring freelance plant breeders who wish to take on the challenge of fine tuning adaptation to local conditions or maintaining unique types discovered in naturally self-pollinating food plants. This webinar is the result of research funded by NIFA OREI and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and is suitable for organic farmers and gardeners who are interested in seed breeding and saving.

About the Presenter

Thomas Michaels is a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota and coordinator of the undergraduate major in Food Systems.

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Please connect to the webinar 10 minutes in advance, as the webinar program will require you to download software. To test your connection in advance, go here. You can either listen via your computer speakers or call in by phone (toll call). Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar. If you are running Mac OSU with Safari, please test your Java at prior to joining the webinar, and if it isn't working, try Firefox or Chrome. For more detailed system requirements, go here.

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