Seed Saving Workshop

Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm and the Hilltown Seed Saving Network will give a seed saving workshop on Saturday, June 30th, 2pm-4pm.

Location: Crabapple Farm, 100 Bryant Street, Chesterfield, MA

This workshop will give an overview of seed saving practices and theories, with some hands on dry seed processing. Saving your own seed doesn’t have to be intimidating. Relying on commercial sources of seed prevents you from accessing many varieties that may be ideal for your farm or garden. In addition, saving seed allows you to become a breeder, selecting for traits that are important to you that professional breeders may not be thinking about.

I will talk about some of the key concepts in seed saving, such as controlling pollination, maintaining varietal purity and vigor, selection and breeding, and seed harvesting and storage methods to get the best quality seed. I will talk about genetics and how certain principles in genetics apply to seed saving and breeding. We will look at flowers and seed heads from several different species, and discuss some major crop families and how to save seed from them. We will also look at our wheat and barley trials, and discuss trialling and selecting varieties.

Suggested donation: $10

For more information, contact Tevis via email or phone: 413-296-0310

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