At Lassen Canyon Breeding we are focused on high quality, flavorful berries with regional variety development.  We pride ourselves on creating quality varieties with an emphasis on production and pathogen tolerance. It takes years of dedication to breed the right strawberry plant that produces the qualities the industry is looking for.

The breeding program at Lassen Canyon Nursery started in 2000, under breeder Jim Bagdasarian. Hybrid seed production, seedling screenings and variety trials are carried out annually at numerous locations to continuously advance Lassen Canyon Breeding’s gene pool.

Lassen Canyon Breeding has developed and released five cultivars that meet our standards: Sweet Ann, Stella, Scarlet, Lucia, and Ruby June.

To aid in the development of Lassen Canyon Breeding, breeder Travis Stegmeir, PhD and breeding associate Nick Pinkerton have recently joined the team. Lassen Canyon Breeding’s pipeline is full of new and exciting selections. We are evaluating and highly scrutinizing a handful of potential new varieties. We look forward to announcing new releases soon!

We are excited about the future and our role in providing new and exciting varieties for years to come!

Jim Bagdasarian | Breeding Program | Lassen Canyon Nursery
Jim Bagdasarian

The breeding program at Lassen Canyon Nursery started in 2000 and is headed by Jim Bagdasarian. He has been a part of our company for 15 years. It takes years and dedication to breed the right strawberry variety that produces the qualities the industry is looking for. Jim has been breeding strawberries since 1989. His patented cultivars include Sweet Ann, Ruby June, Scarlet, several more that are patent pending plus a long list of advanced selections. Jim lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and he has one grown son.


Travis Stegmeir, PhD | Breeding Program | Lassen Canyon Nursery
Travis Stegmeir, PhD

Travis came to LCN in 2014. He received his PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics/Horticulture from Michigan State University. Travis was awarded a coveted position in the RosBreed Breeding Training program and also did a stint as an intern at Disney World. Travis has been working hard making plant crosses and we are looking forward to introducing one of his varieties soon. Travis lives in Salinas.

Nick Pinkerton | Breeding Program | Lassen Canyon Nursery
Nick Pinkerton

The anchor of the Lassen Canyon Nursery breeding team is Nick Pinkerton. Nick joined Lassen Canyon Nursery in 2011. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from Chico State. Nick collects data from the seedlings and selections, crunches the numbers and then works with Jim and Travis to decide which material moves forward in the breeding program. Nick lives in Redding with his wife.

Test Plot, So. CA. | Breeding Program | Lassen Canyon Nursery
Test Plot in Southern California

Seedling Selections, Shastina CA | Breeding Program | Lassen Canyon Nursery
Seedling selections in Shastina, CA in July 2015
Luncheon by Naturipe | Breeding Program | Lassen Canyon Nursery
Luncheon hosted by Naturipe during the field day arranged by the Lassen Canyon Nursery Breeding Division