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Sat. Jan 28 Seed School Workshop with Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network and Fairview Gardens Present:

Seed School Workshop
Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH
Saturday, January 28 , 9am-4:00pm, 2012
Early Bird by January 20th – Early Bird Cost $85, after January 20th – $110.
Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

People everywhere are beginning to recognize the crucial link between humanity, the crops that sustain us, and embattled seeds.
We are on the cusp of a seed saving renaissance -an not a moment too soon.*


Join Bill McDorman on Saturday, January 28th at Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens for a day-long immersion into the magic world of seeds as he teaches the Seed School Workshop .

Seed saving is fun, satisfying and life affirming. You don't need a PhD in genetics and EVERYONE, everywhere can start the seed saving adventure with little or no experience. First you'll need some inspiration. Bill McDorman, Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson will provide that. Secondly you'll need some basic information and practice.

The Seed School Workshop is an introductory workshop for anyone interested in the history of seeds and how to create a self-sufficient garden from your own seeds. This is great training class for gardeners, non-profits, policy makers and farmers. Those concerned with food security, diversity and better tasting food will revel in the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the magic of seeds. Seed School teaches the practical, information necessary to recreate the genetic foundation for a truly sustainable agriculture.

SEED SCHOOL TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: • Structure and History of the Seed Industry • The Magic of Seeds • Intro to Mendel’s Genetics • Selection and Evaluation • Pollination • Breeding • Harvesting • Germination • Wild Seed – Production, Collection, Cleaning • Seed Exchanges, Libraries, Businesses

Seed Saving is an ancient tradition with a lineage stretching back 12,000 years. But in less than a century's time, this once fundamental part of the human experience has largely disappeared. The transition from rural agrarianism to urbanization has led to increasingly fewer people growing and interacting with seeds*

Bill McDorman is executive director of Native Seed/SEARCH http://www.nativeseeds.org/ a 28 year old Southwestern seed conservation organization based in tucson AZ. He is the founder of three seed companies, including Seed Trust http://www.seedstrust.com and author of Basic Seed Saving. He has been teaching classes in wild, edible and medicinal plants and seed saving for more than 30 years.

The Seed School Workshop takes place on Saturday, January 28, 9am - 4:00pm, at the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens
Cost Early Bird by January 20th – Early Bird Cost $85, after January 20th – $110
To sign up for workshop http://www.fairviewgardens.org/2011/11/23/seed-school-workshop-january-28/
More info; (805) 967-7369 Sharon Tollefson sharon@fairviewgardens.org


The program is sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network www.sbpermaculture.org as community service
with assistance by Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens



Additional Info:

Going to Seed
Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH
Keynote Lecture for 4th Annual Seed Swap
Friday, January 27 , 7pm-9:30pm, 2012 Donation $5
Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Gallery
40 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara. CA 93101


4th Annual Seed Swap
Sunday Jan 29 11-3pm
Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Gallery
40 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara. CA 93101
www.sbpermaculture.org

* Quotes from Recent Article
Sowing Revolution Seed Libraries Offer Hope for Freedom of Food by Bill McDorman and Stephen Thomas Acres USA January 2012 www.acresusa.com

MORE QUOTES AND INFO from article

To restore our freedom over food, it is essential that every community have assess to a collectively owned treasure chest of seeds. Seed Libraries represent our best hope for reclaiming this independence. As an added benefit they boost regional biodiversity by encouraging the cultivation of new crop varieties adapted to local conditions. With global temperatures on the rise and financial markets plummeting , a robust network of community foodsheds to replace the shaky monolith of industrial agriculture has become imperative for human survival.




 
 
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