ATTRA and SARE: Breeding Squash for Disease Resistance and ‘Eating Quality’

This episode of Voices from the Field was produced in partnership with ATTRA and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. To learn more about SARE’s library of practical information and available grants to fund projects that advance sustainable agriculture, visit sare.org.In this episode, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan talks with Edmund Frost at the Twin Oaks Intentional Community in Virginia. Edmund is the managing director of Common Wealth Seed Growers, a cooperative of seed growers producing farmer-grown, regionally trialed seeds in the Southeast.Since 2013, he has received funding from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education for research and breeding work with butternut squash. Justin and Edmund talk about breeding strategies to produce butternut squash that is resistant to downy mildew while still maintaining its eating quality. They also discuss how Edmund conducts taste tests of the squash and how he gathers the data from his research.Related ATTRA Resources:Adventures in MirlitonSquash Bug and Squash Vine Borer: Organic ControlsOrganic Pumpkin and Winter Squash Marketing and ProductionRelated SARE Resources:Breeding a Better ButternutBreeding and Evaluation of Butternut Varieties for Southeast Organic FarmsWinter Squash Evaluation and Improvement for Downy Mildew Resistance and Fruit QualityIdentifying and Marketing Open-Pollinated and Organic Cucurbit Seedstocks for VirginiaOther SARE/NCAT Podcasts:Episode 327. ATTRA and SARE: The Commercial Potential of Mulberries in the Midwest.Other ResourcesTwin Oaks Intentional CommunityCommon Wealth Seed Growers Contact Justin Duncan at [email protected] complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

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