May 14-18 – The Seed Academy
At Seven Seeds Farm in Williams, OR
The name Academy traces back to Plato’s school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.
We invite you to join us for a 5 day intensive training in seed saving, basic botany, reproductive biology in plants, understanding selection, planting seeds, soil mixes, seed germination, isolation, crossing, seed libraries, seed storage, germination tests and much more. This is the first part in a two part series of intensives at our diverse Permaculture Farm in SW Oregon. The second part will take place in mid September and focus more upon seed harvest and cleaning and expand the depth that we will begin in the spring class.
Who Should take this class?
Gardeners, farmers, permaculturalists , those interested in starting a neighborhood seed library or seed bank, those interested in stewarding and preserving heirloom varieties, and all who see growing and saving seed as a wonderful way to grow a positive future. No prior experience is necessary, however, some gardening familiarity will be helpful. A recomended reading list and helpful web links will be provided upon registration.
Why seeds? Why you? Do you have a passion for solutions? Being a part of growing a better world? Aligned with something that you don’t have to justify or make excuses for? Well good people, seeds are as old as civilization itself, perhaps even the cause of it. The saving of seeds is the most human of acts and skills, yet, sadly many people lack this skill. Want to change this for yourself, your family and your community? Fed up with GMOs and trans-genic seeds? How about taking matters into your own hands and becoming empowered to steward the solution – open-pollinated, open source, public domain seed systems. Like seeds, this knowledge can spread logarithmically and exponentially outwards to your community, the world, the pollinators and the grocery stores and farmers markets. In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “fine words grow no cabbages.” In this spirit, we invite you to join the Seed Academy and grow a world of good.
NOTE: The May session will focus upon seed and flower biology, the process of germination, pollination and fertilization. We will also look at selection on biennials and spring planted crops. The September session (10-14) will highlight seed harvesting, selection and cleaning.
Those who would like to do both will be eligible for a discounted rate. email for details.
Course to be taught by Don Tipping with local guests instructors too.
bio for Don Tipping:
Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon, situated at 2,000 feet elevation on a 7,000 tall forested mountain with rushing spring fed creeks flowing through the land and nestled among old growth forests.
Here we produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, wool, eggs, and lamb. The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. We have produced certified organic vegetable, flower and herb seeds for over a dozen national scale seed companies. Seven Seeds has also been active in USDA Western SARE, Organic Seed Alliance and other seed initiatives to advance the development of open pollinated organic seeds. In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company operated from the home farm. Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 150 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. He also co-founded the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms.
Don helps people focus upon helping people build their skill sets in sustainable life skills such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic gardening, eco-forestry, seed saving and other traditional arts that help to build regenerative culture.
Course Fee includes instruction, camping on site, 3 organic meals per day, bathing access and all hand outs.
Locals discount (no breakfast or dinner or lodging = $550 registration.
* What we are trying to say here: “Folks, we are a farm and all that, so in doing this class and making the necessary plans and arrangements we would really like you to pre-register well in advance so that we can have adequate time to do a really good job. Thank you.”
We are only accepting 25 participants so we encourage you to sign up soon. Feel free to email at <email@example.com> for more information and a copy of the course outline
Date(s) – 14/05/2014 – 18/05/2014
Seven Seeds Farm