Seed saving and seed exchanges are important to Home Grown New Mexico so we have five or six classes scheduled this year. You can learn about them on the COMMUNITY CALENDAR or the EDUCATION CLASSES menus. We hope that people will attend to learn how to plan their gardens, techniques on saving seeds and how to harvest seeds. Come even if you have not saved seeds and want to learn the basics.
The two seed exchanges that we held last year are back! The Cool Season Seed Exchange will be at our February Potluck and we worked with the City Parks Division to host the Santa Fe Seed Exchange in March. See below for details on the first two classes and these seed exchanges. Home Grown New Mexico hopes that you come to these, even if you have not saved seeds. We will have plenty to share.
Home Garden Seed Saving
Saturday, February 23 from 10-12pm
Whole Foods on Cerrillos
Community Room in front of store
Home Grown New Mexico class
Please RSVP for class
Save seeds from your home garden and share them with the community. Amy Hetager has gardened since she was six years old and understands how to save seeds for a home garden. She has information from Native Seeds, Organic Seed Alliance and Seed Matters. She will prepare you for the seed exchanges. Please bring your seeds and he can review them in the class. We also want to hear your stories and feedback.
Suggested $10 donation or become a 2013 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.
Seed Saving Techniques
Saturday, March 9 from 10am-12pm
Railyard Community Room (behind SITE Santa Fe)
Home Grown New Mexico and Railyard Stewards
Please RSVP for Class
This class is an introduction to seed saving, including considerations for planning your garden with seed saving in mind. We will look at how pollination happens in various species, and how this affects things like population sizes and isolation techniques. You will learn practical ways to ensure high-quality seed. Time allowing we will also look at plant selection and rogueing, as well as seed labeling protocol and seed storage requirements. Later classes will include hands-on techniques for harvest in fall 2013.
Kirsten Szykitka has worked at Arch Noah seed farm and show garden in Austria. She was the Education Coordinator at Abundant Life Seed Foundation (which later became the Organic Seed Alliance). She continues to be enchanted by the power and spirit held within the seed. Suggested $10 donation or become a 2013 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.
Cool Season Seed Exchange
Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30pm
Whole Foods on St. Francis in Community Room behind store
Home Grown New Mexico Potluck
We will have Skarsgard Farms CSA and the Santa Fe Community Farm speak at our potluck. The seed exchange will be in the same space and there are plenty of seeds available so come even if you do not have any to share.
Santa Fe Seed Exchange
Wednesday, March 20 from 4pm-7pm
Frenchy’s Barn on Agua Fria and Osage Ave.
The City Parks Division and Home Grown New Mexico are hosting this event for all community gardens, school gardens and home gardeners. There are plenty of seeds available so come even if you do not have any to share.