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 AthensGreece.  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 registration.

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.

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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.  
Feel free to email <> for more information and a copy of the course outline.

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... SEED you soon!

Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 09:30 AM Start
Sun, Sep 14, 2014, 04:00 PM End
Seven Seeds Farm
3220 East Fork Rd.
Williams, USA
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    When: 10 Sep 2014, 09:30 AM to 14 Sep 2014, 04:00 PM. Where: Seven Seeds Farm, Williams.