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Whatcom county's 5th annual Community Seed Swap was Jan 27- 2013 at the Majestic- http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/community-seed-swap-2013

 

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Organic Seed Alliance - Workshops this Fall on Seed Production & Seed Saving, Fundamentals of Plant Variety Improvement, Organic Wheat Production & Trials, and B'ham Conference with Organic Seed Alliance OSA staff presenting
http://www.seedalliance.org/Events/ Info Below From OSA website:

"September 12 ~ Port Townsend, Washington
Seed 101: Seed Production and Seed Saving
Basic skills of growing and saving seed: field planning, isolation distances, field selection techniques, recommended population sizes, seed harvesting and cleaning techniques, and how to genetically improve seeds for our local climate and growing conditions.
Workshop details: 9:00am-3:00pm at WSU Port Hadlock
http://jefferson.wsu.edu/, 201 W. Patison (on Hwy 19).
Pre-registration required, Cost $50 includes lunch."

"September 26 ~ Port Townsend, Washington
Seed 101: Seed Production and Seed Saving
basic skills of growing and saving seed: field planning, isolation distances, field selection techniques, recommended population sizes, seed harvesting and cleaning techniques, and how to genetically improve seeds for our local climate and growing conditions.
Workshop details: 9:00am-3:00pm at WSU Port Hadlock
http://jefferson.wsu.edu/, 201 W. Patison (on Hwy 19). Pre-registration required,
Cost $50 includes lunch."

"September ~ Sequim, Washington
Organic Wheat Production and Trials
Please check back for dates on this workshop. It will be scheduled around wheat maturity.
Hosted by OSA and WSU at Nash's Organic Produce."

"Octobser 9 & 10 ~ Port Townsend, Washington
Fundamentals of Plant Variety Improvement
Learn the basic skills to develop and adapt seed varieties for your organic farm conditions at the Fundamentals of Organic Plant Variety Improvement workshop hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance. Organic Plant Breeding Specialist Dr. John Navazio and seed expert Micaela Colley will teach you how to select for reproductive fitness and yield, horizontal resistance to disease, and improved performance under heat, drought, and cold stress. Basic seed growing experience is recommended.
Workshop details: Oct 9th 8:00am-5:00pm and Oct 10th 9:00am to 4:00pm at WSU Port Hadlock http://jefferson.wsu.edu/, 201 W. Patison (on Hwy 19), Pre-registration required, Cost $150."

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"Conferences with Organic Seed Alliance OSA staff presenting:
October 7,8,9 ~ Bellingham, Washington - Provender Conference
The 33rd annual Provender Conference "From Dreaming to Doing"
Matthew Dillon, Advocacy Director for OSA will contribute to a panel discussion on "Food integrity, Seed Integrity and Genetically Engineered Crops"
Can organic farmers, food, and the national label maintain their integrity and viability while co-existing with increasing risks from genetically engineered crops? Does co-existence really mean compulsory contamination? Will allowable thresholds weaken the confidence and growth in organic food? The current national legal and regulatory framework does not provide adequate protection to insure that products are 100% GMO free. Can we change it? What are the costs of not changing it? Kristina Hubbard (Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering), George Kimbrell (Center for Food Safety), and Matthew Dillon (Organic Seed Alliance) will present on work their organizations, including updates on litigation, policy and grassroots initiatives, the increasing incidence of organic fields being planted with seed that contains GE traits, and ways the organic community can work together to protect organic seed an food integrity.
http://www.seedalliance.org/Events/"
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Autumn Seed-Savers Workshop on Sept 27th.!

Bring your best tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, and the like for a hands-on seed saving workshop. We’re joined by seed selection guru Dan Borman of Orcas Island who will guide us through the seed-saving process, talk about the finer points of seed saving and his years of grain and vegetable growing experience.

And maybe folks could bring the beans & peas they still need to shell & label and work on this together!
(I'll be there in spirit if I can't attend in person!)

Sunday Sept 27 at 2pm at the Center for Expressive Arts, 1317 Commercial St., Downtown Bellingham

See details on the transition event page and let us know if you will attend!
Thanks Chris, Alain & others for initiating this!

Time: September 27, 2009 from 2pm to 5pm
Location: Center for Expressive Arts
Street: 1317 Commercial St
City/Town: Bellingham
Phone: 778-1759
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Chris Elder
Volunteers Needed for Clean up & Break-Down for

Inspiration Farm Seed Swap and Barter Exchange
October 18, 2009 from 1pm to 6pm – Location: Inspiration Farm at 619 E. Laurel Rd

Please join us for an informal seed swap and barter exchange: bring your seeds, preserves, etc.
We can provide a limited amount of table space and chairs-- please bring your own table, chair(s) and canopy if you have them. There will be a small donation requested to help pay for envelopes and to compensate speakers (t.b.a.). We need your help: We need a handful of committed volunteers to of help with set-up, clean-up and breakdown. Volunteers contact Bruce rawpermaculture@yahoo.comor or http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profile/BruceHorowitz?xg_source=p...

If the energy flows, we may have a potluck at the end of the event, and bring your instruments to jam around the fire circle during the event. Organized by Bruce Horowitz, Brian Kerkvliet and Heather K.

Seed Events 2013:

Whatcom county's 5th annual Community Seed Swap was Jan 27- 2013 at the Majestic- http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/community-seed-swap-2013

 

Orcas Island will have their 4th annual Community Heirloom Seed & Plant Exchange http://orcasissues.com/seed-swap-season-is-upon-us Sunday, Feb 10th (The people of Island county voted to ban GMO seeds on their lands, and Skagit is moving in this directions too).

 

Webinars for seed saving: http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Webinars/

'Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding'  March 20th with Dr. John Navazio (Organic Seed Alliance Senior Scientist and Washington State University Seed Extension Specialist) http://snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/PlantBreeding2013.htm   “You’ll learn how to improve vegetable quality through careful seed selection and improvement as well as how to select for reproductive fitness, yield, disease resistance, and improved performance under adverse conditions. Dr. Navazio will share his knowledge on seed growing basics, sourcing germplasm, and conducting variety trials, as well as basic variety improvement techniques for inbreeding and outbreeding crops. In addition, all attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Navazio's recent book The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, itself a $50 value. Visit http://tinyurl.com/SeedGrower to learn about the book.”

Both Krista Rome & myself will be attending this event.

John Navazio, Ph.D. trains farmers, university students, and others in organic seed production and the fundamentals of participatory, on-farm plant breeding for organic systems. His breeding work includes increasing genetic breadth in a number of vegetable crops for their nutritional quality, flavor, texture, ability to scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds, and resist heat and drought.

Community Sed Swap - January 25, 2015 - Bellingham 2:30-5pm

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/7th-annual-community-seed-...

(Seed-Savers & Set-up Volunteers arrive at 1:15 for blitz set up).

WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS – Help With A Task

DONATE To Swap Costs & Support Our Mission:

Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine!”  

Seed Swap G U I D E L I N E S:

* CHOOSE SEEDS YOU WILL PLANT

 (10 Small Packets or Less per Family)

* SHARE & SWAP SEEDS WITH OTHERS

* LABEL SEEDS YOU BRING

   (Variety Name, Year & Region/Garden Grown)

* TEACH & LEARN HOW TO SAVE SEEDS! 

SEED - PLANTER Swap T I P S !

1- PRACTICE GOOD SEED STORAGE: Cool, Dry, Dark, & Critter-proof

2- Seed-Swaps May Contain Many Older Seeds With Lower Viability:

PLANT OLDER SEEDS EXTRA THICK OR SPROUT BEFORE PLANTING.

3- LEARN EACH SEED VARIETY'S VIABILITY-

  A seeds ability to germinate & grow normal seedlings.

4- MARK & LABEL PLANTS IN GARDEN FOR SEED HARVEST .

5- PURCHASE FRESH SEEDS- As needed from organic pure-seed companies.

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