Washington State University

Small Farms Team

Short Course in Seed Production

Seed can be a valuable crop for sale or on-farm use. It also holds important implications for crop conservation and food security.

The class will and combines narrated powerpoints with video demonstrations.

Seed Biology

Production Techniques

Crop Selection

Horticultural Requirements

Seed Cleaning Skills




Micaela Colley, OSA Director of Research and Education

Sebastian Aguilar, Greenbank Farm Manager


In this self-directed course you will:

1) Understand key considerations in managing a seed crop for optimum genetic maintenance.

2) Identify which kind of seed source to save seed from, considering legalities and ability to produce a seed crop that is “true to type”.

3) Be able to determine when and how to harvest your seed.

4) Become familiar with several techniques used to clean seed.

5) Identify the main steps for growing and processing a seed crop.

6) Become familiar with ideal conditions for storing your seed.


The entire course is available for $10

You may sign up for classes here




An Organic Seed Alliance program sponsored by WSU’s Small Farms Team with support from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2009-49400-05978

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