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Sign up here for a seed saving workshop. $25 includes organic lunch

Seed Saving Workshop

Crowley Nature & Cultural History Center is hosting the “Seed Saving Workshop” which is a collaboration of FAMU State Wide Small farm Program (http://www.famu.edu/cesta/main/index.cfm/cooperative-extension-program/agriculture/statewide-small-farm/), Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (https://www.southernexposure.com/), UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County (http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/) and Transition Sarasota (http://www.transitionsrq.org/).

During this hands-on session you will learn:

What is Seed?Why Seed Saving MattersGMO Agriculture issues and your farm or gardenGetting started with Seed SavingFundamentals of good seed saving (crossers and selfers, how to promote good seed set, how to maintain your crop’s genetics, isolation, population size and roguing, etc.)Controlling Pest and DiseaseDry and Wet Fermentation Seed ProcessingSimple seed Cleaning TechniquesStorage TechniquesThe Business of growing Seed for Farm and SaleAnd Much, Much More …

We will cover all kinds of seeds grown in the southeast region including greens, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, okra, peas, corn, cucumbers, melons, squash, herbs, beets, carrots, onions, parsnips, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kochlrabi, etc. If you have seed that you are trying to save that is not included, please let us know and we will try to cover it too.

The facilitator for this capacity building workshop is Internationally known, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Southern Exposure offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Ira is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She is a member of Acorn Community which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) the lead plaintiffs in OSGATA ET Al v Monsanto.

The Seed Saving Workshop will take place 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
The cost is $25 person and includes an organic foods lunch.”