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NGB Members Host California Summer Veggie Trials

For the second year in a row, vegetable breeding companies focusing on the Fresh Market and Home Garden segments are coming together to host Summer Vegetable Trials via Open Houses and Field Days. This event will be held in six locations from August 8-19, 2016. Just like the long-standing CA Spring Trials that are held annually in California during the month of April, attendees will have the opportunity to visit breeder company trial sites throughout the state.
Customers, growers and the media should contact each company below to arrange their visit. Please note that not all stops are open all days. Visits will focus on observing new varieties in a field or garden setting and learning about new breeding and marketing opportunities from the respective hosts.
National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, is pleased to organize and publicize this event on behalf of our members.
Individual companies hosting a Field Day or Open House during August are:
American Takii, 301 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA
Crops featured: Asian Vegetables, Lettuce, Peppers, Lettuce, Pepper, Tomato, Squash, Cucumber, Carrots, Radish, Cabbage
PH: 831-756-7056
Dates: August 8-19, 2016
Appointments are mandatory, no drop ins.
Contact: Julia Paul
PanAmerican Seed, 335 Briggs Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Crops featured: Vegetables and Cut Flowers, 2015 AAS Ornamental Trials
PH: 541-914-5548
Dates: August 10 – 16, 2015
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: Josh Kirschenbaum –
Sakata Seed America, 105 Boronda Road, Salinas, CA
Crops featured: Cool crops. 2016 AAS Edible/Vegetable and Ornamental trials.
PH: 408.782.5317
Dates: August 15 (12 Noon AM – 5 PM)
August 16 (8 AM-5 PM
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Sakata Seed America, 12498 Country Road 100, Woodland, CA 95776
Crops featured: Warm crops
PH: 408.782.5317
Dates: August 17-18, 2016 (8 AM – 5 PM)
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Seeds By Design/Terra Organics, 3856 Cosby Ave, Chico, CA
Crops featured: Cucumber, Herbs, Squash, Pumpkin, Gourd, Pepper, Tomato, Melon and Watermelon. 2016 AAS Edible/Vegetable trials.
Summer Garden Trials Luncheon on August 12, 2016. &
PH: 530-438-2126 for appointments on other dates
Contact: Miles Rogers or Susan Birdseye or
Syngenta at Syngenta Flowers, 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA
Crops featured: In-ground and patio trials featuring tomato, pepper, squash, beans, cantaloupe and watermelon. 2016 AAS Ornamental trials.
PH: 408-847-7333
Dates: August 8 – 19, 2016
Contact: Jeannine Bogard – or
For more information about this program and/or membership in National Garden Bureau, please contact Diane Blazek.