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Seed Saving in the Kawarthas
August 14$20 - $35
In partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Farms at Work is pleased to host a full day of seed-saving workshops for farmers, in two locations.
You can register for either or both of the morning and afternoon workshop tours. Bring a bag lunch for the drive from Stirling to Hastings if you attend both!
Registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seed-saving-in-the-kawarthas-tickets-3546652…
Morning: Biennial Seed Saving: How to Over-winter and Save Seed from your Favourite Biennials
Monday, August 14
9:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Small Spade Farm, Stirling, ON
Small Spade Farm has been running a CSA in Stirling, Ontario since 2013. Using heirlooms are central to Lauren and Eric’s farming philosophy, and they have specialized in growing heirloom vegetables for their CSA members on their 7-acre certified organic farm. In past years, they have experimented with seed production of heirloom vegetables and in 2014, they joined Seeds of Diversity’s Vegetable Seed Producers Network to trial and grow a number of different biennial crops for seed. Come learn about different methods of storage for biennial crops (both in the field and out) and how to integrate biennial seed production into your market garden operation.
Afternoon: Growing Seed to Support Your Market Garden
Monday, August 14
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Chick-a-biddy Acres, Hastings, ON
Chick-a-biddy Acres has a long history in the farming community in the Kawarthas, as an early CSA in the region 17 years ago. Sherry Patterson is one of the most experienced market gardeners in Ontario, and in the past few years she has been integrating seed production into her farming operation. Through working with the Vegetable Seed Producers Network, Sherry is adapting different varieties of pepper, squash, and lettuce into her market garden. If you’ve been considering integrating seed crops as part of your market garden operation, for sale or for on-farm use, join us on August 14th to learn how Chick-a-biddy Acres is meeting the challenge!