1501 Lakeside Dr
Lynchburg, VA 24501
The Seed Garden: Planting for Seeds to Save and Vegetables to Eat
With nationally-known local gardening experts Ira Wallace and Pam Dawling
Learn how to plan, plant, grow, and harvest from seed in a diverse vegetable garden
- Best practices for starting indoors
- Tricks of transplanting and timing, including the use of row covers
- The life cycles of popular vegetables, herbs, and flowers
- How to avoid crossing and insure seed purity
- How to “select” the best individuals at every stage (and discard the rest!) including how to mark chosen plants
- Fitting seed saving into succession sowing strategies for long harvests of multiple crops
- Seed growing under cover including growing some seed crops in a hoop house in summer
- Seed extraction, cleaning and storage on a small scale
- …and right through to seed saving at season’s end
Pam Dawling has grown vegetables at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, feeding 100 people from 3.5 acres and saving seeds from select varieties at the same time. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (New Society Publishers 2013) is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers. Pam writes for Growing for Market magazine and is a regular workshop presenter.
Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange where she coordinates variety selection and seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure offers more than 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability; and helps people control their food supply through sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving and preservation of heirloom varieties. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF). She is a member of Acorn Community which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure. She is an organizer and founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and the author of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast (Timber Press (2013).
October 1, 2016
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Coffee and tea provided. Please bring your own mug!