Saving Sacred Seeds in a Modern World
Until just a few generations ago, seed stewardship was an integral part of every farm and garden. Now most people purchase seeds from off the farm, instead of planting culturally and regionally important heirloom seeds. This workshop is a wholistic, indigenous permaculture-based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture, from practical hands-on skills to cultural context and memory, with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations. Even if you only have a small garden, you can still easily save seeds from your favorite garden vegetables.
This spring-time focused workshop will focus on the re-integration of seed saving into our farms and gardens and fundamental seed literacy for all conscious and mindful eaters, lovers of life, guardians of life, storytellers, activists, and those who carry a new vision of Earth stewardship for future generations. Rowen White, indigenous seedkeeper, will be sharing her experiences and teachings of basic seed saving, cleaning, and storage, using practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnection. Learning about seeds will fundamentally change your perspective on food, and how we can work together with our beloved plants to create sustainable food and seed sovereignty that is in alignment with our values and ethics.
Join us in learning the art and science of seeds, and be empowered to be a part of the seed freedom movement, to care for seeds for future generations. This is the spring module of a 2 part workshop. In this module we will be focusing on skill building for planning and planting a seed garden. This class is designed for anyone wanting a more heartfelt approach to seed stewardship and those wanting to deepen their connection to the plants and seed cycles…gardeners, farmers, permaculturists, activists, teachers.
Dates: April 15-16, 2017
Time: 10:00 - 3:00pm daily (with an hour potluck lunch)
Location: The Permaculture Skills Center, 2185 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA
Cost: Early Bird (deadline February 1, 2017) $150
Regular Tuition: $175
We're offering a limited number of reduced tuition slots to active farmers ($100). Please contact our program coordinator Lee, at firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code. To get a farmer discount, please include a description of your operation or a link to your website.
More about the instructor: Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed training immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org