Please join us for a Seed Saving workshop hosted by BALE’s Resilience University.
Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Workshop, 12:00 -1:00 Break for soup, bread, and cookies, 1:00-2:30 Seed Swap
Instructor: Sylvia Davatz
Location: The Commons at BALE, 35 South Windsor St., South Royalton
Workshop Description: Since the turn of the 20th century we have lost over 97% of our commercial vegetable varieties. Saving seed from the vegetables in your garden offers the opportunity to reconnect with the richness of endangered history, culture, and flavor, and to preserve beloved varieties. This workshop will cover the basics of saving vegetable seeds, explaining issues of pollination, timing, spacing, annual vs. biennial varieties, isolation, and harvesting, cleaning, drying, and storing seed. Terms such as open-pollinated, hybrid, “selfer” and “crosser” will be explained, and we’ll talk about the philosophical as well as the practical benefits of preserving our irreplaceable vegetable and grain diversity.
Following the workshop, the Upper Valley Seed Savers are hosting a community seed swap. Whether or not you have your own seeds to swap, come share the wealth of (mostly) homegrown open-pollinated seeds. If you bring seeds to share, please be sure to label them with the variety name, your name, and the year you grew them out. We hope to see you on December 8.