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Registration is open for the 2019 Student Organic Seed Symposium!

"Seed stories: Narratives of self, science, spirit, and social context"

Rowen White / Sierra Seeds      Ken Greene / SEEDSHED   
Jason Cavatorta / EarthWorks Seeds      Kristyn Leach / Namu Farm
Dan Cornelius / Intertribal Ag Council      Yusuf Bin-Rella / Food Routes

August 22-25, 2019
Bethel Horizons Retreat Center   Dodgeville, WI

SOSS is committed to inclusivity.
Please choose the deferred payment option ("Unpaid Student") and/or apply for a travel scholarship if funding is an issue.

What is SOSS?

  • An annual gathering of graduate students, researchers, farmers, and seed industry professionals working in organic seed systems.

What are the goals of SOSS?

  • To create a community grounded in both scientific rigor and regenerative ethics, in which the organic seed movement can grow.
  • To connect and support graduate students working in organic seed systems, in order both to strengthen their current research and facilitate post-graduate opportunities.

What makes SOSS unique?

  • SOSS is centered on graduate students. While professionals from both private and public seed sectors are essential to the gathering, they are present primarily as mentors.
  • SOSS is small. The gathering is intentionally limited to 75 attendees or fewer, and the schedule allows time for in-depth, informal conversations as well as thought-provoking programming.
  • SOSS focuses on plant breeding. Plant breeding for resilience in organic systems is the primary focus of many SOSS attendees, but people working on seed quality, seed production, and socioeconomic dimensions of organic seed systems are welcome too.

What’s the story with “Seed Stories?”

  • Each of us has a story -- a lifelong series of causes and events, people and places -- that has led us to work with organic seed systems.
  • Each of our stories has context. Each narrative represents a confluence of personal choices, cultural values, and socioeconomic structures. And importantly, none of these stories is finished.
  • SOSS 2019 is an invitation to share, re-examine, and re-imagine our seed stories.

What questions will guide SOSS 2019?

  • What drew you to work with seeds? What keeps you working with seeds?
  • How do science and spirit interact in your work with seeds? Do you find tension or complementation between intuition and scientific enquiry?
  • How have your identities -- race / ethnicity / gender / class / sexual orientation / ability/ etc -- shaped your work with seeds? How have your identities shaped the questions you ask and the resources you have to answer them?
  • What questions – about productivity, aesthetics, power, ecology, or something else – do you want to answer in future seed projects? What insights might scientific paradigms, instruments, or technologies provide? Which questions can’t science answer?
  • Does thinking about the stories of seed varieties, or of the seed professionals who create them, change our conversation about plant breeding techniques and technologies? About intellectual property? About privilege?
  • If your plants took notes on you, what would they observe?

Is SOSS different than SOSP?

Do I need to pay when I register?
  • No! To defer payment, please select the "unpaid student" registration option.
  • If you would like to be considered for a travel scholarship please email [log in to unmask]SOSS organizers will reach out after June 1 to discuss available funds. 

More questions?

We look forward to seeing you this August!

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