|Date(s)||Tuesday August 14th, 2018, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
Broadfork Farm, River Hebert, NS
This workshop will be presented on August 14th at Broadfork Farm, in River Hebert, NS. If you would rather attend the same workshop, presented on August 13th at Annapolis Seeds in Nictaux, NS, please click here. Please note that due to changes in Matthew's availability, the wonderful Petra Page-Mann will be teaching solo.
Registration for this event is now closed. There are still spaces available, please call the ACORN office if you want to join, and pack a lunch with you as lunch numbers have been finalized.
Climate change and commodity seed issues will continue to make regional seed models increasingly essential. We'll explore emerging models of regional seed development, with a focus on adapting seeds & systems best suited for the Maritimes, in the classroom and in the field! While everyone is warmly welcomed to attend, this intermediate-level, on-farm workshop is designed for a farmer audience (aspiring, new, and established farmers) who already have some experience producing seed crops.
The workshop will cover adaptation and production of vegetable seed crops in our short, cool Maritime climate, including both wet- and dry-seeded crops. We'll also discuss logistics (considerations when choosing seed crops for your operation), and strategies (grower + seed company collaboration, new market opportunities), as well as resources to help you integrate seed and market production on your diversified farm.
This workshop will go ahead rain or shine! Please dress for the weather, including good shoes to walk the fields. Registration costs $55 / $45 for ACORN Non / Members.
Petra Page-Mann is co-founder of Fruition Seeds, a small seed company located in the Finger Lakes of New York state. She and partner Matthew Goldfarb established Fruition in 2012 to share the seeds, knowledge and inspiration gardeners need to be more successful in the Northeast. Their vegetables, flowers and herbs are selected for flavour as well as early maturity, cold hardiness and disease resistance, as well as other essential traits to help plants thrive in short seasons. Growing up in her father’s garden, Petra believes each seed and each of us is in the world to change the world. She spent a decade working for organic farmers & seed growers across the United States, developing the skills, commitment and vision to inspire regional resilience here in the Northeast.