the Fall Seed Academy @ Seven Seeds Farm - October 19-23, 2016
Join the Seed Academy with teachers Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds) & Rowen White (Sierra Seed Cooperative) & 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 5 day Event begins Wednesday, October 19 @ 10 am and runs through Sunday, October 23 at 4pm. The event is 9:30am through 6pm with dinner to follow and a more open, salon type format after dinner.
WHAT: We invite you to join us for a 5 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. Rowen White founder of Sierra Seeds and leader in the indigenous food sovreignity movement will be joining us for the first half of the course. The first day (Wednesday, 10/19) is field trip to a number of seed farms in the Applegate valley with tours by their farmers. This can be taken as a stand alone, one day event
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 $700 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 $600.
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.