A Short Introduction:
In its second iteration, the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) joins researchers and farmers in Northern U.S. states to address organic farmers’ seed and plant breeding needs. The collaborative includes researchers and educators from Oregon State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, Washington State University, Organic Seed Alliance, and the USDA. The project partners with over 30 organic farmers to breed new varieties, identify the best performing existing varieties for organic agriculture, and educate farmers on organic seed production and plant variety improvement.
NOVIC conducts vegetable variety trials on certified organic ground, at research stations, and on cooperating organic farms, using the mother-daughter trailing method adopted from international agriculture. Trials include the five crops in the NOVIC breeding program (sweet corn, red bell and roasting peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and winter squash) and one additional crop chosen by farmers regionally.
Results for NOVIC variety trials are published in the Organic Variety Trial Database, a national database of organic variety trial results maintained by collaborators at eOrganic, as well as on this site. The overall goal of NOVIC is to develop open-pollinated varieties specifically adapted to meet the needs of organic growers. NOVIC breeding efforts focus on key traits to improve market presence for the focal crops. Click on the links below to see results from UW-Madison’s annual NOVIC trials.
See results from NOVIC II:
2016 | 2015
See results from NOVIC I: