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Supporting members: Costs £15 This is aimed at new contacts who have only just found out about us or anyone unable to commit to record keeping. They receive a pack of 12 pretty, named oca. The varieties will be chosen from past seasons, oca which is capable of making a good crop but is no longer needed in the breeding programme. They will be named and registered with OSSI so that they remain in the public domain. We don’t expect supporters to report or to take part in any experiments, this is a way to support the Guild financially.
Members: Costs £15 They receive a pack of twelve tubers in six varieties from the programme under numerical ID which need to be documented for the records. The pairs of plants will be harvested at two different times of the year (September and after first hard frost) to establish varieties that form tubers during the longer days. Simplified results for plant form, tuber colour and yields are expected at the end of the year. As participating members they are entitled to join the closed Facebook group, ask support questions, give feedback and be part of the community. At the end of the season they keep their crop (unless there’s a special reason where we need help to maintain a variety when we may ask for a handful back).
Members with Lucky Dip: Costs £30 Will receive 12 tubers (6 pairs) to test as above and a further 12 tubers selected from what’s good and available (no duplication). These may not be from the named varieties but will be from recent breeding. We’re looking forward to hearing informally how they do for you.
Nurturers: This is for experienced growers who have proven ability and resources to care for many oca. They are entrusted with seedlings, scarce material for bulking up, crossing blocks etc. They are senior members and expected to be very involved to the extent that each nurturer will discuss and plan their year’s activity with us before starting.
Unwaged: contact us, we may be able to find a way.
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Distribution will commence in mid-February and is expected to be complete by the end of March.
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