Seed Production Course & South West Seed Savers Coop meeting
11th November 2017
Trill Farm, Musbury, Devon
The Gaia Foundation and Seed Co-Operative are currently working with UK farmers’ so that we can reclaim our ability to produce, save and supply seed. The initiative is to create a more resilient and sustainable model of seed production that is focused on ecological practices, giving many benefits, including greater availability of open pollinated seed and varieties suited to local conditions, increased biodiversity, and healthier food. As part of this effort the South West Seed Savers Network will re-launch on 11th November, and will be looking to collaborate with growers across the region.
A morning workshop looking at integrating seed production into a market garden business.
Ashley Wheeler runs Trill Farm Garden with his partner Kate and has been growing seed to sell to a small seed company for a couple of years, and has been saving seed for the business for a few years previously. He will cover how to plan the market garden for saving seed as well as the basic principles of seed saving, mainly covering the self pollinating annuals, but also going into some detail with saving seed from biennials. Other aspects of seed production such as processing, drying and storing the seed will also be covered during the day.
In the afternoon there will be a meeting of growers in the South West who are growing crops for seed, so that we can coordinate a cooperative to grow and share seed together.
Bring a dish to share for lunch. A dinner will be provided by Chris Onions who is the chef at The Old Dairy Kitchen, based at Trill Farm.
Cost: £15 For more information and to book email firstname.lastname@example.org