[permaculture] Sat. Jan 28 Seed School Workshop with Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Wed Jan 4 02:51:26 EST 2012

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Seed School Workshop
Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH
Saturday, January 28 , 9am-4:00pm, 2012*
Early Bird by January 20th -- *Early Bird Cost* *$85, after January 20th 
-- $110.
  Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

   People everywhere are beginning to recognize the crucial link between 
humanity, the crops that sustain us, and embattled seeds.
We are on the cusp of a seed saving renaissance -an not a moment too soon.*

     Join Bill McDorman on Saturday, January 28th at Center for Urban 
Agriculture at Fairview Gardens for a day-long immersion into the magic 
world of seeds as he teaches *the Seed School Workshop*  .

    Seed saving is fun, satisfying and life affirming. You don't need a 
PhD in genetics and EVERYONE, everywhere can start the seed saving 
adventure with little or no experience. First you'll need some 
inspiration. Bill McDorman, Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH in 
Tucson will provide that. Secondly you'll need some basic information 
and practice.

    The *Seed School Workshop* is an introductory workshop for anyone 
interested in the history of seeds and how to create a self-sufficient 
garden from your own seeds. This is great training class for gardeners, 
non-profits, policy makers and farmers. Those concerned with food 
security, diversity and better tasting food will revel in the 
opportunity to celebrate and learn about the magic of seeds. Seed School 
teaches the practical, information necessary to recreate the genetic 
foundation for a truly sustainable agriculture.

*    SEED SCHOOL TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:* . Structure and History of the 
Seed Industry . The Magic of Seeds . Intro to Mendel's Genetics . 
Selection and Evaluation . Pollination . Breeding . Harvesting . 
Germination . Wild Seed -- Production, Collection, Cleaning . Seed 
Exchanges, Libraries, Businesses

     Seed Saving is an ancient tradition with a lineage stretching back 
12,000 years. But in less than a century's time, this once fundamental  
part of the human experience has largely disappeared. The transition 
from rural agrarianism to urbanization has led to increasingly fewer 
people growing and interacting with seeds*

    Bill McDorman is executive director of Native Seed/SEARCH 
http://www.nativeseeds.org/ a 28 year old Southwestern seed conservation 
organization based in tucson AZ. He is the founder of three seed 
companies, including Seed Trust http://www.seedstrust.com and author of 
Basic Seed Saving. He has been teaching classes in wild, edible and 
medicinal plants and seed saving for more than 30 years.

     The *Seed School Workshop *takes place on* Saturday,* *January 28, 
9am - 4:00pm, *  at the* **Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview 
Gardens *
*Cost Early Bird by January 20th -- *Early Bird Cost* *$85, after 
January 20th -- $110
To sign up for  workshop 
More info; (805) 967-7369  Sharon Tollefson sharon at fairviewgardens.org

*/The program is sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network 
www.sbpermaculture.org as community service
with assistance by Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

_Additional Info:_

*Going to Seed
**Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH
Keynote Lecture for 4th Annual Seed Swap*
*Friday, January 27 , 7pm-9:30pm, 2012* Donation $5
*Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Gallery*
40 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara. CA 93101

4th Annual Seed Swap *
*Sunday Jan 29 11-3pm*
*Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Gallery*
40 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara. CA 93101

* Quotes from Recent Article
Sowing Revolution Seed Libraries Offer Hope for Freedom of Food by Bill 
McDorman and Stephen Thomas Acres USA January 2012 www.acresusa.com

MORE QUOTES  AND INFO  from article

To restore our freedom over food, it is essential that every community 
have assess to a collectively owned treasure chest of seeds. Seed 
Libraries represent our best hope for reclaiming this independence. As 
an added benefit they boost regional biodiversity by encouraging the 
cultivation of new crop varieties adapted to local conditions. With 
global temperatures on the rise and financial markets plummeting , a 
robust network of community foodsheds to replace the shaky monolith of 
industrial agriculture has become imperative for human survival.


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