October 11-13, 2019 @ Seven Seeds
Join the Seed Academy with teachers Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds) & Special Guests TBA
An in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in becoming a part of the Seed Movement. Learn with the experts. Gain the essential skills you need to harvest & process seed. Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation. Receive the step-by step tools, strategies & inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business. Meet & network with your bioregional neighbors to optimize results. Seed Academy’s mission is to increase network capacity, collaboration & synergy in the Seed Freedom Movement in the Rogue Bioregion & beyond. Co-sponsored by O.S.U. Extension.
WHEN: The 3 day Event begins Friday 10/11 @ 2 pm and runs through Sunday, October 13 at 5pm.
WHAT: We invite you to join us for a 3 day intensive training in seed saving, basic botany, reproductive biology in plants, understanding selection, planting seeds, soil mixes, seed germination, isolation, crossing, seed libraries, seed storage, germination tests and much more. Don Tipping is the lead instructor who brings 20 years experience in organic farming, seeds, permaculture and enthusiastic on-farm education.
WHO: Gardeners, farmers, permaculturalists , those interested in starting a neighborhood seed library or seed bank, those interested in stewarding and preserving heirloom varieties, and all who see growing and saving seed as a wonderful way to grow a positive future. No prior experience is necessary, however, some gardening familiarity will be helpful.
HOW: Course Fee of $500 includes delicious organic meals from the farm, camping, showers, instruction, handouts, field trips and a deeply nourishing dive into co-creating regenerative culture. In order to support local growers who envision themselves becoming part of a local seed production network we are offering a Locals (Cascadia Bioregion) discount $400.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Please send an email sharing a bit about why attending this course will benefit your journey to become a seed steward to email@example.com to apply.
VISION: The journey with connecting more deeply with seeds as a source point of life begins with seed saving, then progresses to seed growing on a farm or garden preservation scale. The master level is seed stewardship, cultivating a deep relationship with the species and all of its potential for bioregional adaptation to climate, pests, disease and agronomic & culinary preferences.
We visualize interconnected seed production hubs that are capable of doing breeding, selection, and improvement that work with bioregional centers that can do finish cleaning, climate controlled storage, marketing and distribution of high quality, open-pollinated organic seeds. In this way we can co-create a sustainable seed system that will support organic food production for local markets and resilient local food systems. Seven Seeds Farm is home to the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative which is a farmer owned and operated organic seed production, breeding and distribution enterprise.
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