WHAT: Seed Keeping: Storytelling, Liberation, and How to Save Seeds
WHEN: 10am - 1pm, Saturday, October 7
WHERE: Mill Hollow Farm, 4701 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Seed Keeping: Storytelling, Liberation, and How to Save Seeds
Workshop to explore the stories behind different kinds of seeds, and how to save them
Newtown Square, PA [September 28] — On Saturday, October 7, farmer-activist Owen Taylor will lead a 3-hour workshop on the practice of saving, or ‘keeping’, seeds. Keeping seeds can make sense on multiple levels--from the breeding of local varieties to economic considerations--but the practice can also be seen as a form of cultural preservation.
The workshop will begin with telling some of the stories embodied in our ancestors’ seeds. Participants will then briefly explore important concepts for saving seeds, such as flower anatomy, isolation distance, and taxonomy. A tour of the production site will ultimately lead into the bulk of the workshop, where participants will harvest and clean both wet and dry seeds, using common items from the kitchen.
The seed in its essence is all of the past evolution of the Earth, the evolution of human history, and the potential for future evolution.
Presenter Owen Taylor founded and runs Seed Keeping, a food sovereignty-based collaboration between rural and urban farmers that stretches from Philadelphia all the way across the United States. Seed Keeping works with community-rooted farmers focused on preserving and proliferating culturally important heirloom seeds along with their stories, rituals, and the centuries of traditions contained within them.
This workshop will take place at Owen’s small farm operation near Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Food is included in the registration cost of $15 for PASA members, $20 for non-members. For more information, and to register, please see the PASA website (pasafarming.org) or contact event coordinator Aaron de Long at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (484) 680-3778.