Date(s) - 05/02/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Annual Southern Seed School!
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
2900 NE 8th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32641
Seed school is for everyone! Whether you are a gardener, farmer, permaculturalist, an existing or future seed librarian, have in interest in preserving regional biodiversity and heirlooms, are curious about vegetable breeding, varietal improvement, and how to steward locally adapted varieties- this is for you!
Although seeds are the most fundamental part of a local food system, we rarely ask ourselves and our food producers, “where did your seed come from?” We believe that local and resilient food communities need local seed, and local seed savers.
In this full day course, complete with hands-on activities and a delicious lunch, we will explore:
-basic plant biology to help you understand how to best save high quality seeds from a variety of different crops
-when and how to harvest, thresh, winnow, and store seeds
-amateur plant breeding
-growing native wildflowers from seed to seed
Local seed stewards and growers will lead activities and instruction. We are honored this year to host Ben Cohen all the way from Michigan! Ben is an author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver, and educator. He is the owner of Small House Farm and the founder of Michigan Seed Library, a community seed-sharing initiative that has worked to establish nearly 70 seed library programs. Ben offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food, and he has published numerous works on these topics (including his most recent book, Saving Our Seeds).
With plenty of hands-on activities, a tour of our seed garden and seed bank facility at Grow Hub, lunch, and time for storytelling- this is sure to be an inspiring, educational and empowering experience!
No experience is necessary, but some familiarity with gardening will be helpful.
Suggested donation $40.00.
More info: workingfood.org