John Navazio is both the Senior Scientist for the Organic Seed Alliance and a Plant Breeding and Seed Specialist for Washington State University Extension. He trains farmers, university students, and others in organic seed production and on the fundamentals of on-farm plant breeding. His own breeding work has resulted in a number of new vegetable varieties with improved quality, flavor, and texture, as well as a greater ability to scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds, and resist heat and drought. John develops participatory breeding projects with farmers across North America to improve crop germplasm for regional seed independence.
John Nazavio, author of "The Organic Seed Grower," will lead a round-table discussion on plant breeding at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference. This hour-long discussion group will take place at 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 15th at the UVM Davis Center.