All Organic farmers should consider saving seeds for future seed sowing, as our gene pool of commerically available seeds and plants continues to shrink.
Growing for Future Farming: Saving Quality Seed From Your Farm’s Field
Hudson Valley Seed Library: 484 Mettacohonts Rd., Accord, NY 12404
A tour of the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s seed production farm will provide examples of the isolation and pollination techniques used to maintain pure seed varieties. The discussion will cover distancing, timing of successions, caging and hand-pollinating. Farmers Ken and Doug will talk about hand-cleaning seeds via winnowing and threshing, as well as best practices for seed storage. Under the farmers’ careful supervision and instruction, you will try your hand at processing seeds from tomato, pepper, brassica and other crops. Participants will also get a special insider peek at the seed library cooler. This field day is part of our Beginning Farmer Program; all participants are invited to stay for an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck following the presentation.
: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents
. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members
This field day is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510.
Photo Credit: High Mowing Seeds, Vermont
As we find ourselves in the new year 2012 we also find ourselves surrounded by many seed catalogues specializing in organic, rare or hierloom varieties of plants. Why?
On December 4 of 2011 groups of small US farmers went to Zucotti Park in New York City to demonstrate against the “corporate” dominance over our food supply. Why?
Answer: Over 56% of the world’s food supply is dominated by 4 seed companies.
Seed farmer Jim Gerritson of Maine sums it up in this U-tube video.
THERE WILL BE A LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE ORGANIC SEED ALLIANCE WORKSHOP being held in Washington State on JANUARY 19th-20th. Go to the Alliance website for more information.