The Seed Academy Sept 10-14, 2014 Seven Seeds Farm
With Don Tipping, Bill McDorman & Special Guest - Rowen White
An in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in becoming a part of the Seed Movement.
- Learn with the experts.
- Gain the essential skills you need to harvest & process seed.
- Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation.
- Receive the step-by step tools, strategies & inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business.
- Meet & network with your bioregional neighbors to optimize results.
Seed Academy's mission is to increase network capacity, collaboration & synergy in the Seed Freedom Movement in the Rogue Bioregion & beyond. Co-sponsored by O.S.U. Extension.
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. We will focus on the hands on tools and techniques of wet and dry seed harvesting and cleaning. We will also cover basic botany, reproductive plant biology, selection, isolation, crossing, seed libraries, seed storage, germination tests and much more. Our evenings will focus on the the big picture, context and potential of seed saving at this time in history, networking amongst peers, and supporting you to discover and engage your personal vision and contribution to the seed world. This is the second part in a two part, annual series of intensives at our diverse Permaculture Farm in SW Oregon. The Spring section focuses on planting seeds.
Who Should take this class?
Farmers, gardeners, permaculturalists, educators, 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, basic botany and some gardening familiarity will be very helpful. A
recommended reading list and useful web links will be provided upon
What can I expect?
Expect to learn the fundamentals of seed harvesting and cleaning, to discover your unique role in the seed saving movement, and to leave inspired and ready to act. Expect to learn, to grow and to connect.
Our daily schedule runs from 9:30am to 9pm. Daytime classes are information intensive. Evenings are inspiring and social. We begin at 9:30am on Wednesday September 10th and end at 4pm on Sunday September 14th.
About 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 dozennational 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 building 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.
Sign me up!
Regular Registration: $775 (Includes all meals & onsite camping)
Local Discount Registration (Jefferson & Josephine Counties): $650 (includes lunch & dinner - does not include camping or breakfast)
Payment Options: Please contact us about doing a payment plan through PayPal if this is a requirement to facilitate your participation.
Registration includes instruction, camping on site, 3 organic meals per day, bathing access, and all materials and hand outs. Beautifully prepared meals will be suited towards omnivores featuring vegetables, eggs and lamb raised on the farm.
We are only accepting 25 participants so we encourage you to sign up soon.
Our Program Co-Sponsors:
... SEED you soon!