NOFA-NY Announces a Growing for Future Sowing Field Day, Aug. 28

8/21/2012


NOFA-NY would like to announce the following event:


Growing for Future Sowing:
Saving Quality Seed for Your Farm's Fields

Tuesday, August 28

3:30-6:00 PM

Hudson Valley Seed Library

484 Mettacohonts Rd.

Accord, NY 12404


        If you'd like to start saving seed on your small diversified organic farm, this field day will offer you a strong foundation. A tour of the Hudson Valley Seed Library's seed production farm will provide examples of the isolation and pollination techniques used to maintain pure seed varieties. Our discussion will cover distancing, timing of successions, caging and hand-pollination. Farmers Ken and Dug will talk about hand-cleaning seeds via winnowing and threshing, as well as best practices for seed storage. Under the farmers' careful supervision and instruction, you will try your hand at processing seeds from tomato, pepper, brassica, and other crops. Participants will also get a special insider peek at the seek library cooler. This field day is part of our Beginning Farmer Program; all participants are invited to stay for an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck following the presentation.

        The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a small, farm based seed company owned and operated by Ken Greene and Doug Muller. The library's own farm and collaborating farmers save vegetable, herb, and flower seed. Their mission is to provide affordable and reliable Northeast-adapted seeds, celebrate the union of art and agriculture, and to positively impact the community through outreach and education.

        This field day is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Ranger Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510.

        Registration: To register please contact Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at (585) 271-1979 ext 509 or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15 for all others.