The Seed Academy
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM - Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM (PDT)
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.
About the Seed Academy
The name Academy traces back to Plato's school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece. We invite you to join us for a 5 day intensive training in seed saving. We will focus on the hands on tools and techniques of wet and dry seed harvesting and cleaning. We will also cover basic botany, reproductive plant biology, selection, isolation, crossing, seed libraries, seed storage, germination tests and much more. Our evenings will focus on the the big picture, context and potential of seed saving at this time in history, networking amongst peers, and supporting you to discover and engage your personal vision and contribution to the seed world. This is the second part in a two part, annual series of intensives at our diverse Permaculture Farm in SW Oregon. The Spring section focuses on planting seeds.
Who Should take this class?
Farmers, gardeners, permaculturalists, educators, 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, basic botany and some gardening familiarity will be very helpful. A recommended reading list and useful web links will be provided upon registration.
What can I expect?
Expect to learn the fundamentals of seed harvesting and cleaning, to discover your unique role in the seed saving movement, and to leave inspired and ready to act. Expect to learn, to grow and to connect.
Our daily schedule runs from 9:30am to 9pm. Daytime classes are information intensive. Evenings are inspiring and social. We begin at 9:30am on Wednesday September 10th and end at 4pm on Sunday September 14th.
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Living Mandala designs, facilitates and produces courses, workshops and events as well as offers consultation services that support personal, ecological and socially regenerative practices for green and holistic lifestyles. The mission of Living Mandala is to serve, empower, and promote holistic educators and organizations in order to increase awareness of their work, to create educational programs, to catalyze project activities that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices of human beings living in greater harmony with each other and their environment. Grounded in the design science of Permaculture and Whole Systems Design, Living Mandala works with a triple bottom line of ethics and values: Care of the Earth, Care of People, and Return the Surplus. Living Mandala has co-produced over 75 courses workshops, and events the last 4 years from intensive three-week residential Permaculture & Ecovillage Design Certification Courses, weekend workshops, to larger conferences and events like the Harmony Festival Ecovillage, Financial Permaculture Summit, and others.