Regional Program Coordinator,

Iris Vaisman is the Prairie Regional Coordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and the Optimization Manager for the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative. In these roles, she has the joy and privilege of partnering with farmers, researchers, industry, government, and various stakeholders to work on diverse projects that span across the Canadian Prairies. The projects aim to contribute to the resiliency of seed systems and organic grain production systems. Before taking on these roles, Iris worked at the University of Manitoba as a research technician, working on research that included participatory plant breeding, cover crops, organic no-till, and soil fertility. Iris has an MSc from the University of Manitoba in organic agronomy, and an Hon.BSc. from the University of Toronto in Ecology. Iris is based at Organic Alberta. Read more about the program in the Prairies.