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21 Acres -- The Start of Slow Food: Seed Saving and Selection

21 Acres

Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Woodinville, WA

21 Acres -- The Start of Slow Food: Seed Saving and...

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To become a member and/or to receive your member discount on this class, register by contacting Deb at 425-481-1500 or deb@21acres.org.
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Why a Class on Saving Seeds?
Come learn the basics of seed saving for your small farm or garden! Seed saving is a fun and interesting way improve your crop genetics, save money, and see plants live through a whole life cycle. We will discuss the biology of pollination, the cultural strategies for growing good seed and the harvesting and cleaning process. Participants will have the opportunity to thresh and winnow seed crops and there is opportunity to discuss the commercial potential of small scale seed production.
 
Time
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Instructor
Sebastian Aguilar, is the Training Director at the Greenbank Farm Agriculture Training Center on Whidbey Island.  An experienced farmer, Sebastian has cultivated both the fields and classrooms of the GFATC for the past two years. He has managed organic vegetable farms since 1998 in New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Washington State. Sebastian’s passions for top-quality produce, healthy soils, biodynamics and social outreach guide his farming practices. Sebastian began his farming career as an apprentice and now enjoys teaching and helping beginning farmers get off to a successful start. He is currently also on the Board of Directors of the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and is involved in several OSA variety trials and seed projects. Sebastian and his wife have three children. 

21 Acres Member Discount: To become a member and/or to receive your member discount on this class, register by contacting Deb at 425-481-1500 or deb@21acres.org.

Alternative Payments: Contact Deb for questions or information on alternate forms of payment.  deb@21acres.org or 425-481-1500 to confirm enrollment.

 
Background Information About the Importance of Organic Seed

The loss of heirloom and landrace crop varieties over the last century is well documented. Consolidation in the seed industry, changes in breeding methods and technology, restrictive intellectual property practices, and the loss of wild and farming land to development all contribute to the erosion of the plant genetic materials that are essential to sustaining life.

In addition to this loss in genetics there has been a concurrent loss in the base of knowledge and skills necessary to properly steward and improve plant genetics in an ecologically and ethically sound manner. Farmers, once the primary seed stewards around the globe, have rapidly been removed from the seed circle - no longer participating in plant breeding or conservation. Only a few generations ago, the practices of on-farm seed saving and basic crop improvement were not only common, but necessary.

While university and private sector involvement in seed systems has provided much gain, it has also created a field of specialization that has left the farmer as an "end-user" of a product instead of an active participant in building and maintaining plant genetic health and diversity. The diversity of our domesticated plant genetics - flavor, color, abundance, nutrition - is a direct result of the relationship between farmers and their crops. The unhealthy trends in seed systems put us at risk of losing our seed heritage - and the skills necessary to conserve, reinvigorate and improve this heritage for future generations.
(From the Organic Seed Aliance Website, www.seedalliance.org/Education.) 
 
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21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living
13701 NE 171st Street
Woodinville, WA 98072

Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


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Our mission is to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems that support sustainable agriculture. 21 Acres is a non-profit organization with a vision to create and operate a vital, open public space for all of us to rediscover the agricultural heritage of our region and learn about cutting-edge, sustainable agricultural design and technologies as well as ways to maximize the beneficial aspects of fresh local produce and farm products.

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