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Seed Saving Gardening Stewardship

Seed to Seed

Saturday, May 18 Sunday, May 19

Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands
5513 S Cloverdale St
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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Multi-Session
Saturday, May 18 Sunday, May 19
Two-day workshop
This is a two-part class. Both sessions take place from 10 am-3 pm on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19.
Location
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands
5513 S Cloverdale St
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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Description

What has infinite potential? Join fellow seed folks and seed savers to find out! In this 2-day weekend workshop, we will explore seed stewardship, science, and our social-cultural connections to seeds. Participants will learn through in-depth discussions, hands-on practice, sharing seed stories, and exploring a curated set of resource materials.

This 2-day course will meet at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, and will include:

  • Participatory lessons about plant life cycles from germination to pollination
  • Practical, hands-on skill development in saving seed and garden tours
  • Facilitated group conversations and reflective activities about history, culture and our relationships with seeds
  • Resources and guides for independent learning

Learning topics, activities and resources will include:

  • Seed terminology and basic biology
  • Garden planning for seed saving genetic diversity in seed breeding
  • Seed histories and cultural seed stories
  • Harvesting, processing and saving seeds
  • Understanding seed distribution and access
  • Creating personal action plans & next steps

Seed to Seed is an invitation to deepen your relationship with food, place and yourself, alongside a community of fellow gardeners and farmers. Participants can expect to build their functional understanding of how to save seed, while also developing their own personal connections to food systems and creating actionable plans in their lives.

This course is appropriate for intermediate gardeners and farmers, who have some experience with growing vegetables. Please note that this course will not be covering information about general gardening practices – if you are interested in learning more about how to grow food in the Pacific Northwest, we recommend our Comprehensive Organic Gardening course. Read more FAQs here.

Sessions will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Classes will be both indoors and outdoors – please be prepared for outdoor activities and dress for the weather. Accessibility notes: the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands has a gravel parking lot, mostly flat terrain, and a mix of paths that are paved, crushed gravel and wood chips.

Class fee includes a copy of The Seed Garden – The Art & Practice of Seed Saving by Seed Savers Exchange, and comprehensive class materials.

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