$15 – $50

SEED SAVING SERIES--attend one or all four

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Hungry Turtle Farm

410 125th Street

Amery, WI 54001

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Seed Saving:
A Four-Part Series of Hands-On Classes at Hungry Turtle Farm
Attend One or All Classes

If you grow vegetables or flowers, at some point you have probably saved some of your own seed. Through this series you can take seed saving to the next level. Seed saving is fascinating and fun. It’s a whole new way to look at and think about plants. And, as our seed supply gets more and more concentrated in the hands of a few multinational corporations, and more varieties get patented, saving seed supports food security and ensures we preserve open-pollinated varieties that grow in our area.

These four class sessions will be hands-on, taking place primarily in the garden, and will cover basic seed growing principles and practices as the season progresses. The classes will include opportunities to observe and practice pollination, isolation, selection, harvest, and seed cleaning techniques.

Specific topics will be based on what's happening in the gardens. All sessions will include time for questions and interaction.

The classes work best as a series, but participants are free to attend any or all classes.
Register for all four classes for $50. Each class individually is $15 each.

1. Introduction to Plant Pollination
A two-part class; you may attend either, but best if you can attend both evening and morning session for tips on pollination.
$15
Thursday, July 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
Friday, July 12, 7-8 AM

The Thursday evening session will look at flowering veggies with various pollination strategies to understand whether, when, and how we might need to intervene to ensure the seed we save is true to type. Then we will discuss and demonstrate the two-step hand-pollination process for squash and other cucurbits, which involves evening preparation in order to transfer pollen the following morning. Attendees will be able to practice identification and taping of blossoms.

On Friday morning we will review the basics of the process for new attenders, and then practice the second step of the pollination process. Participants may attend either or both sessions as their schedules allow.

2. Plant Selection, Care of Maturing Plants, Harvesting Tomato Seeds
Thursday, August 8 | $15
By midsummer some crops are ready to harvest, while others are still in the early stages of seed growth. We will look at how to select for the healthiest parent plants, how to care for those plants as they mature beyond the “veggies-to-eat” stage we're familiar with, and how to harvest mature seeds. The class will include hands-on demonstration of tomato seed extraction and fermentation.

3. Fall Seed Harvest and Cleaning
Thursday, September 12 | $15
Learn how to harvest and process a variety of vegetable seeds. We will collect, thresh, and winnow some dry-seeded crops such as peas, beans, spinach, and/or lettuce, and also demonstrate extraction and fermentation of seeds from wet or moist fruits like tomato, cucumber, and/or melons.

We will discuss the upcoming squash seed harvest, how to handle immature seeds if there's a threat of early frost, and how to plant overwintered crops for next year's seed production.

Bring your questions about any seed-growing or harvest topic.


4. Seed Cleaning and Processing
Thursday, October 10 | $15

Even after seeds have been harvested and had an initial winnowing in the field, they may require further processing using techniques such as screening or fanning. We will demonstrate these final stages of seed cleaning using both low-tech methods with common household tools as well as Farm Table’s seed shed equipment.

Bring seeds you've harvested, and we'll demonstrate various seed-cleaning techniques.

The class will also include winter squash seed harvest and extraction; seed storage and record-keeping; garden planning for next year; and time for any of your questions.

Kathleen Plunkett-Black of Plum Creek Seeds will teach the series of classes. Kathleen is a lifelong gardener and grows all the vegetables to feed her family year-round. She grows her own seeds for over 200 varieties of vegetables, grains, dry beans, flowers, and herbs. Kathleen has been an active member of the Seed Savers Exchange for over thirty years and has led many workshops on gardening and seed saving. She is passionate about teaching and passing on the skills of subsistence gardening and seed saving.

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