This project aimed to create a participatory plant breeding project to support and enhance sustainable agriculture in Wisconsin. Through a series of meetings and interviews a working group was created. Ultimately the group of farmers and researchers fragmented into individual relationships and a coherent project was not established. The final conclusions of the research examined the institutional barriers to creating this project and centered on the creation of a working guide for others engaging in participatory research.
The following objectives of the project were met:
Through dialog, education and goal setting farmers, university researchers, a non-governmental organization, and small seed companies/producers enhance understanding of plant breeding/seed system and of potential for sustainability.
Through the same means a multi-institution support network is created.
All stakeholders learn about alternative plant breeding systems and their potential role in creating/sustaining them.
Educational guide on methodology for participatory/sustainable plant breeding in U.S. land grant university context.
Identification of institutional barriers to participatory research.
Creation of research brief on participatory research.
The objective of creating a coherent and working sustainable plant breeding project at university of Wisconsin was not met. As discussed further in the discussion section institutional barriers to the project were studied as a result of not meeting this project goal.