Seed Saving Workshop – July 25, 2017
Watauga Cooperative Extension & Blue Ridge Women in Ag will present a Seed Saving Workshop on Tuesday 7/25/17.
As the growing season approaches its peak, gardeners and farmers focused on sustainability are busy planting fall crops and gathering harvests, but there is also the chance to gather seeds for next year’s harvest as well. Some often-overlooked bounty available now that can increase next year’s productivity for High Country Growers are seeds from many open-pollinated vegetable and flower varieties. Which seeds can be saved from the garden, and how can get growers take the next step with seed saving?
Cooperative Extension and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture team-up to teach a Seed Saving 101 workshop on Tuesday, July 25, from 5:30-7:30 PM. This all-levels session is designed to help gardeners and small farm growers collect and save seeds that may be in their fields right now, and open up possibilities for working with heirloom varieties and saved seeds in the future. Area Extension Agent Richard Boylan will lead the workshop, giving growers the tools they need to assess and save seeds from beans, squashes, tomatoes, peppers, and other garden crops. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and examples from their own crops and gardens for hands-on activity during the workshop.
The workshop will be held at Watauga Agricultural Conference Center (address: 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone), which is the back end of the Extension Center (address: 971 West King St., Boone) Pre-registration is not required. This free seed saving workshop can help farmers and gardeners join the emerging regional seed saving network of local seed libraries and seed swaps, and potentially develop locally-adapted and resilient varieties of vegetables and other crops.
For more information about seed saving and any of these workshops, call the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture office at 828-386-1537 or Cooperative Extension at 828-264-3061.