Keynote: CR Lawn Founder of Fedco Seeds

Restoring Our Seed Commons:
The Need for Clarity about Intellectual Property Rights

About CR: In 1978 CR Lawn founded Fedco Seeds. He served on its management teams for forty years until his retirement June 2018. In his plots, CR looked at thousands of varieties for possible inclusion in the Fedco catalog. He wrote most of the seed catalog’s vegetable variety descriptions and its essays on food issues and economic policy, weather and climate, and changes in the seed trade.  He and his wife Eli Rogosa co-ordinated the NESARE-funded Restoring our Seed Project that pioneered in presenting the seed arts to growers in the Northeast prior to the advent of the Organic Seed Alliance conferences. He sat on the Board of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn. (MOFGA) from 1993 to 2009 serving several terms as Treasurer and Secretary, and is currently on the Board of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI).  He is a graduate of Oberlin College and has a JD from Yale Law School.

2019 Workshops include

Yonghao Li - Plant Disease Prevention in Organic Garden and Landscape

Tomasz Falkowski, PhD - The Farmer Is In: Diagnosing and Solving Problems on Your Farm


Willie Crosby - Specialty Mushrooms for Food, Medicine, Roberta DiBisceglie -Landscaping with Native Plants

and the Backyard Farm

Catherine Lindsay and Spring Valley Student Farm- Student Farmers on Climate Change Mitigation Through Soil

Dan Furman - All About Pawpaws: History, Propagation and Cultivation


Kip Kolesinskas with Katherine Van Der Woude - Soil Health & Nutrient Management Planning

Dr. Stephen Tobin - Holistic Pet Care

Bryan O’Hara - No Till Farming

Shuresh Ghimire with Matt DeBacco -Sustainable Vegetable Production for Small Farms


Mira Peck - How to Thrive, Not Just Survive the Growing Season

Shannon Raider-Ginsburg -Getting the Farm into Farm to School