Research Addresses Lack of Organic Strawberry Starts

Due to the unobtainability of organic starts, conventional strawberry starts are the main source of transplants for both conventional and organic farmers. Although the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations currently allow organic growers to use conventionally propagated starts, organic strawberry growers would naturally prefer to use organic.

In 2017, OFRF invested in research that aims to increase the availability of organic strawberry transplants, awarding a grant to Organic Advocacy and Farm Fuel Inc. in Watsonville, California. The goal of their project is to compare organic bare root strawberry transplant performance with conventionally managed transplants in organic fruit fields. They will be working with five pioneer organic growers to conduct a comparative study at sites through Santa Cruz County.

Read more about the project here.