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Webinar: Lane Selman, “Culinary Breeding Network”

11/12/19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Often times, it is not a high priority for seed companies to engage with or consider the unique needs and preferences of organic farmers and their customers during the plant breeding process. To ensure success, organic farmers need varieties bred under organic conditions in order to select for specific traits including weed competitiveness, disease resistance, organic nutrient management and stress tolerance.

Organic customers demand superior flavor, texture, cooking quality and nutritional value and have an appreciation for uniqueness, quality and novelty. Incorporating chefs, farmers, produce buyers and other stakeholders into the plant breeding process gives breeders deeper insight into preferred traits while also increasing awareness and understanding of organic plant breeding to a broader audience. In 2011, the Culinary Breeding Network was formed to bring together plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers and other consumers to discuss and identify preferences and traits of culinary excellence for vegetables and grains.

Lane Selman is the founder of the Culinary Breeding Network and has worked with organic farmers, plant breeders and chefs for 15 years. Lane’s work has been featured in the media including Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, Civil Eats, Food Tank, The New York Times and Eating Well magazine. Lane has been the recipient of many awards, including the Award of Excellence for Organic Advocate by the Oregon Organic Coalition in 2016. Lane grew up on a citrus farm her Sicilian great-grandparents planted in 1919 on Florida's space coast. She has a Bachelors in Agronomy and a Masters in Entomology from the University of Florida. In 2000, she moved to Oregon and since 2005 has been an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University working with diversified, organic farmers on collaborative research projects. In 2012, Lane created the Culinary Breeding Network. She currently serves on the Portland Farmers Market board and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Organic/IPM Working Group