UW students organize 1st-ever national Student Organic Seed Symposium

It’s not surprising that there’s a strong CALS presence in Greensboro, Vermont this week, where grad students from around the country are gathering for the first-ever Student Organic Seed Symposium. The event was conceived and organized by three UW-Madison grad students affiliated with the CALS plant breeding program: Claire Luby, Alex Lyon and Adrienne Shelton. There will also be some CALS faculty and staff members in attendance, including Bill Tracy (Agronomy), Irwin Goldman (Horticulture) and Jack Kloppenburg (Community and Environmental Sociology). The purpose of the event is to develop and support new leaders in organic and sustainable plant breeding and seed systems and to create an opportunity for graduate students interested in organic seed systems to share resources with one another and learn from leaders in the field. The program includes workshops and tours of organic seed enterprises in the area.