[Transition Tompkins] Upcoming Seed Savers Meeting -11am TODAY!

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Jeff Piestrak

Jan 10, 2013, 8:04:30 AM1/10/13
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Hi all,

Just a reminder that Chrys Gardener, an Extension Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, will be hosting a get together today at the CCE-TC Willow St. office downtown http://ccetompkins.org/about-us/map-directions. I’ve copied her most recent email with the agenda below. Please join us as we discuss ways to build (and celebrate) this essential transition capacity!


A list of seed saving resources (including recordings of the Mann Library hosted panel discussion from November) will be posted online shortly –look for a follow up message to come. Any suggestions in the meantime welcomed.


Cheers, Jeff


From: Chrys Gardener <ca...@cornell.edu>
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 12:37 PM
Subject: seed savers meeting jan 10


Hello All,
Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to seeing you at the seed savers meeting next Thursday, January 10 from 11 am- 1pm. Bring seeds to swap with the group if you have them.

Also since our meeting will be around lunch time, it would be nice to finish up the meeting with a group lunch and time to chat informally. Bring something to share if you like or just bring lunch for yourself. I'll make a big pot of veggie chili, with locally-grown beans, of course!

Here's a list of topics/items for discussion at the meeting. Let me know if there are other agenda items you would like to add.

- Seed savers network - how do we want to see this network develop? What are the goals?

- Seedy Sunday, February 24 from 11 am to 3 pm. This will be a free community seed swap plus talks and workshops on seed saving. Discussion on who can participate with seeds to swap, giving a talk/workshop, spreading the word etc.

- Training in seed production and vegetable breeding - Discussion on what types of training are people interested in, who can provide training, and opportunities for funding a training course.

The Seed Matters website has some excellent resources on starting a community seed project, with specific guides on organising seed swaps, community seed banks, and community seed gardens. I think these guides can be very helpful as we shape our own community seed project so if you get a chance before next week's meeting take a look:
http://www.seedmatters.org/engage-grow/start-a-community-seed-project/   Food for thought!


From: transitio...@googlegroups.com [mailto:transitio...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Transition Tompkins
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2012 10:58 AM
To: transitio...@googlegroups.com
Subject: [Transition Tompkins] Upcoming Seed Savers Meeting


Greetings to the sowers of creation!


In our region, some quiet energy has been building around seed saving and it is beginning to emerge as a growing "(s)o(w)m".


Chrys Gardener from TC CCE has been compiling the names of those interested in participating in an active seed saving network and has announced that on Thursday, January 10th from 11 - 12:30 CCE Tompkins would like to host a seed saving meeting.


Chrys writes,

"This will be an opportunity to meet face-to-face and discuss ideas for developing a seed sharing network and training program for new seed savers. I am also thinking of organizing a seed swap to be held at CCE in February or early March and would like to find out who is interested in participating. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Seed Sovereignty campaign in Europe go to this website: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/index.html  After looking at what is going on in the EU you'll realize how lucky we are in the US where anyone can grow and share seeds!

Please let me know if you are available to attend the meeting on January 10. If you can't make the meeting but you are interested in having a table at the seed swap let me know. 

We can also do a little seed sharing at the Jan 10 meeting so if you have any to swap bring them along!"





Forwarded along from Krys Cail of CADE and Ithaca Slow Money, there will be several seed saving and propagating workshops and lectures at this year's NOFA-NY Annual Winter Conference:


  • Ken from Hudson Valley Seed Library "Sow Local: Integrating Seed Saving and Plant Breeding Into Your Small Farm or Garden."   
  • Karma Glos from Kingbird Farm half-day intensive on "Small Scale Herb Propagation," 
  • "Researching High Value Grains for the Northeast Food System,"
  • Cayuga Pure Organics: "Beans Don't Come From the Store and Other Real Crop Stories"
  • James Jamison and Jane Mt. Pleasant: "The Rebirth of Agriculture in Native American Communities: Haudenosaunee Corn."





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