A Deeper Focus


Two seed events coming up February 5

The SLO Seed Exchange and Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability ‘Sustainable Ag Lecture Series” are co-sponsoring a seed saving workshop and talk on Wednesday February 5 by Jared Zystro, California Research and Education Specialist for Organic Seed Alliance.

The workshop on Fundamentals of Organic Seed Production will be held at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles from 10am-4pm. For directions: http://windrosefarm.org/about-us/directions/

Learn fundamental skills for producing organic seed. Topics of instruction include: the biology of seed production, seed harvesting and cleaning, choosing appropriate seed crops for your system and climate, maintaining the genetic integrity of varieties with appropriate population sizes and isolation distances, conducting variety trials, and basic on-farm breeding techniques. All levels of seed savers are welcome.

The talk on Reclaiming Seed:  why and how to strengthen the role of farmers in our seed systems will be at the Ludwick Community Center (corner of Santa Rosa & Mill Streets in San Luis Obispo) from 6:30-8pm.

This lecture will look at the history of the seed industry and how seed saving systems have changed over the centuries from the founding of our country. It will address how modern food systems have transformed the role of farmers in seed saving and highlight how promising alternative models are evolving to reinvigorate farmers and community participation in the vital act of seed saving.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Information: Elizabeth Johnson – (805) 543-5364

Email: elizabethljoh@gmail.com

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