Seed Saving Workshops set for weekendTuesday, September 24, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT STE. MARIE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Learn to save seed from expert Daniel Brisebois
Sault Ste. Marie and Desbarats workshops this weekend
SAULT STE. MARIE (September 24, 2013) - The Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society and organizing partners Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), Algoma Community Gardens Network, and Johnson Farmers’ Market Desbarats, today announced dates for the upcoming Seed Saving Workshops for gardeners and farmers.
Two interactive workshops will be held on the topic; the first for farmers this Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market in Desbarats, and the next for gardeners on Sunday, September 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Sault Ste. Marie.
“This is an excellent opportunity for farmers and gardeners to learn how to save seed from an expert, and meet fellow seed-savers. Participants can learn how to save money while expanding their gardens or crop selection,” said David Thompson, research project coordinator, RAIN.
Daniel Brisebois, an expert on seed saving, will share his knowledge at two interactive workshops.
Daniel is a farmer, author and member of Tourne-Sol co-operative farm in Quebec which produces certified organic vegetables, flowers and seeds for distribution in a 250-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Farmers’ Market and online seed catalogue.
During Saturday’s workshop in Desbarats, Daniel will focus on seed saving for farmers, sharing his knowledge on seed production, seed saving techniques, increasing farm income with farm-saved seed, and developing stock for the local climate.
The interactive nature of the workshop and hands-on techniques will allow farmers to begin or expand seed saving on the farm.
Sunday’s workshop in Sault Ste. Marie will focus on seed saving for gardeners, where Daniel will share his knowledge and experience on how to save seeds for customizing plants to suit backyard conditions and personal tastes, along with maintaining unusual or heritage vegetables and flowers while saving money.
“Seed saving allows gardeners to preserve strains of plants with desired characteristics like flavour, disease and pest resistance. It promotes biodiversity and helps to retain plant varieties that have historical and cultural importance” said Suzanne Hanna, coordinator, Allard Street Community Garden.
Both workshops will be interactive in nature and feature a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, targeted to either farmers or gardeners.
The cost is $15 for pre-registration, and $20 at the door.
To register for the farmer workshop on Saturday, September 28, please contact Edith Orr at 705-782-2201.
To register for the gardener workshop on Sunday, September 29, please contact Suzanne Hanna at 705-943-2207.
This event is made possible by the East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation, FedNor, and USC Canada via the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security along with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society.
The Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society is a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).
The society is a group of friendly volunteers who love to grow things, to learn about gardening, and to share knowledge with others who love gardening.
The society is dedicated to beautifying the community and keeping it green.