Join us on January 27th, 2017 at Round the Bend Farm from 10am - 4pm to learn, discuss and come together around the topic of seed saving! THIS EVENT NOW INCLUDES A SEED SWAP!
Those who control the seed system, control the food system, control the people. And yet, over the past 50 years, as we’ve lost the majority of our plant breeds and seed companies, we’ve also divorced plants from their place and from a culture of human-scale, regenerative and organic agriculture.
There is now a growing movement to reclaim seeds and breeds, to re-localize seeds to particular bioregions, and to return to growers the power to participate in the process. Through partnerships between professional breeders and growers, we can develop better genetics and provide growers with new streams of income.
This field day brings together growers, veteran breeders, and seed experts to discuss how we can reclaim our seed systems while also diversifying our enterprises.
This all-day intensive workshop covers:
*The state of organic and regionally-adapted seed and keeping seed in the public commons
*Incorporating seed work on your farm or garden
*Participatory Plant Breeding- what it means, how to get involved, and where do we go from here?
*And a plenary Q & A with our fine panel of experts (listed below)
Hanna Traggis, Plant Physiologist. Senior Horticulturalist and Educator at Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Adrienne Shelton, Plant Breeder, Vitalis Organic Seeds. Farmer, organizer,
seed saver, researcher.
Heron Breen, Independent Seed Grower. Plant Breeder. Advocate.
Bill Braun, Farmer, Seed Steward, Ivory Silo Seed Project.
Registration for the event is $48 for NOFA members and %58 for non-members. Don't forget that scholarships are available for all NOFA/Mass events!
There will be a Potluck Lunch, so please bring a dish! (use your odd varieties, forgotten breeds, and mutant vegetables!)
Please see our website for full details and to register:http://www.nofamass.org/events/seed-sovereignty-field-day