Vegetable Breeders Hosting Summer Trials in California in August

Tomato ‘Chef’s Choice Red’ (Seeds by Design) summer vegetable trialsA wide range of vegetable breeding companies dealing in the fresh market and home garden segments will be hosting the 2019 Summer Vegetable Trials via open houses and field days. The event is hosted by six participating breeders from Aug. 12-16, 2019.

The Summer Vegetable Trials are modeled after California Spring Trials and are designed to give attendees the opportunity to visit breeder company trial sites throughout the state. Customers, growers, and seed companies can contact each company to arrange their visit (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 respective hosts.


National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, is organizing and publicizing the event on behalf of its members. As a bonus, many locations also host the All-America Selections Edible trials.

Individual companies hosting a Field Day or Open House during August are:

Bejo Seeds, Oceano, CA

Crops featured: Cabbage (Chinese, Red, Savoy, White), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Cucumber, Endive, Fennel, Gherkin, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Onion, Parsley, Pak Choi, Peppers, Radish, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Zucchini
Phone: 267-838-0078
Dates: Aug, 12-16
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins
Contact: Chelsey Lenczyk

PanAmerican Seed, Woodland, CA (Contact for location address)

Crops featured: Vegetables
Phone: 541-914-5548
Dates: Aug. 12–16
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins
Contact: Josh Kirschenbaum

Sakata Seed America, Salinas, CA

Crops featured: Cool crops, 2019 AAS Edible/Vegetable and Ornamental Trials
Phone: 408-782-5379
Dates: Aug. 19-21
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins
Contact: Jiana Escobar

Sakata Seed America, Woodland, CA

Crops featured: Warm crops
Phone: 408-782-5379
Dates: Aug. 14-16
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins
Contact: Jiana Escobar

Seeds By Design, Maxwell, CA

Crops featured: Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant, Cucumber, Melon, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Herb, and Sunflower
Dates: August 16
Phone: 530-438-2126
Contact: Miles Rogers or Susan Birdseye

Seminis/Monsanto/Bayer Home Garden, Woodland, CA

Crops featured: Vegetable Trials, 2019 AAS Edible Trial and Ornamental Trials
Phone: 530-631-9927
Dates. Aug. 12-16
Contact: Tyler Ash

Syngenta Flowers, Gilroy, CA

Crops featured: In-ground and patio trials featuring tomato, pepper, squash, beans, cantaloupe, and watermelon; 2019 AAS Ornamental and Edible Trials
Phone: 408-847-7333
Dates: Aug. 12-16s
Contact: Jeannine Bogard or [email protected]

American Takii (Sunflower Open House)

Phone: 630-885-6579
Date: Open house on Aug, 13; visits Aug. 12-16
Appointments are not mandatory but are appreciated
Contact: Allison Zeeb