Certified Organic Seed Potatoes
ORDER 2020 SEED BY JANUARY 15, 2020
Prices are for a 50 pound bag of potato seed.and include shipping
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Potato Seed should arrive at the end of March
Only three certified organic varieties are available from our grower this year. They are: All Blue, Fortress, and Harvest Moon. I am sorry for the problem.
ORDERING IS CLOSED
Please call the farm if you have any questions.
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The price for seed potatoes includes shipping to our farm. Shipping is $11.00 for each 50 lb bag.
Several years ago, Marilyn of Abundantly Green organized a group buy of seed potatoes from a grower in Colorado. Kitsap County does not have a farmers’ co-op for buying large amounts of seed at a grower price. However, if we can put in one order of over 1000 lbs of seed, we can get really good prices for good seed. There are Certified Organic potatoes and Conventional potatoes. Not all varieties are available in both types.
Certified Organic by Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is a USDA-accredited certification agency. Under the National Organic Program (NOP), products sold as organic in the United States must be certified by a USDA-NOP accredited certification agency. To learn more go to their website https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/organic.
Certified Potato Seed
This seed is certified by the Colorado Potato Certification Service to be free of disease. “Colorado Potato Certification Service maintains an extensive potato tissue culture laboratory, providing disease free plantlets to Colorado grower owned and operated tissue culture increase and greenhouse production facilities. This generates large quantities of nuclear disease free greenhouse grown minitubers for field planting. This is the basis of the limited generation system for year by year increase of seed potatoes in Colorado.” To learn more go to their website. http://potatoes.colostate.edu/potato-certification-service/.
The minimum amount that you can order is a 50 pound bag of one variety. If you want smaller amounts we cannot help you. Many people arrange to share the order with others. The potatoes can also be resold.
Royalty Varieties are protected. These are owned by Colorado State University. There is a $1.00/50lb wt. royalty. These varieties should not be grown for seed.
Please pay through our website. However, you can mail a check for the full amount to us. I will email you a confirmation no matter how you pay. If you do not receive it, please email or call Abundantly Green.
The explanation for the problem with the certified organic potato seed crop.
Many of the organic certified seed varieties from our supplier are not available this year. They believe that it is due to a mutated Potato Virus Y strains during the 2018 growing season and high aphid pressure. Problems with this year's potato seed production may be epidemic, and I base this on how many ag articles I've read about a failed potato crop last year and an expected poor crop this year. The problems span both conventional and organic growers.
Our certified seed lots are usually allowed as substitutes for the organic lots. Although these lots are not certified organic, they are "unconventional" because they are grown without insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, nematacides, and synthetic fertilizers.
The "unconventional" lots are raised in a system utilizing flowers in cover crops, companion crops and flowering strips that provide a habitat for predatory insects. This pest management technique, coupled with rouging, is proving effective for farmers and healthy for consumers.
Vine desiccant is the only chemical being used that prevents the "unconventional" lots from being certified organic. The absence of a vine desiccant on the organic lots might have elevated the virus levels via mechanical spread.