East Branch Seed Savers

Join a seed saving initiative at Margaretville GardenFest 2013. Like the open-pollinated seeds we strive to propagate, this seed saving initiative is a community based seed project and your opportunity to cultivate a network of people interested in ongoing seed projects and to collectively develop and share seed that supports a more diverse and resilient local food supply. For our first seed saving season, the seeds to launch our collection are from the gardens of Sylvia Davatz, seed saver from Hartland, Vermont. Seeds to choose from are cucumber, radicchio, beans, frisee, celeriac, melons, lettuce, peppers, squash, beets, tomatoes, beginner and advanced seed saving abilities will be indicated. Seed Saving hand-outs and instructions will be provided to you.
>>> Experienced seed savers who want to connect,expand their collections, and improve their skills
>>> New gardeners and seed savers who want to learn about crop diversity, regionally adapted varieties, seed politics, and the power that comes from developing local seed solutions.

JOIN us at the Margaretville Garden Festival Education Tent
May 11, 10-3pm
Sign up to be a member of East Branch Seed Savers, its free to join, and pick out one or more varieties from the collection to grow out.
We are on our way to creating a population of locally-adapted open-pollinated seeds!

At the end of the season we will meet again with our seeds and swap, add to the collection, and share stories. Your story can be as elaborate as you wish, but at a minimum we ask that along with your seeds, please share the plant date, harvest date, any unusual growing pressures on the plant during the season.

One of the objectives of this work is to create a body of seeds that is adapted to the North Western Catskills. Grown out over a number of years, an OP variety will adapt to the local climate, to soil conditions, and any number of subtle environmental influences. This means that a variety grown locally over many years will also have the capacity to withstand and thrive under a range of conditions, making it more resilient to changes in weather patterns and disease and insect pressures.

Criteria for choosing varieties remain notable characteristics such as flavor, hardiness, season extension, suitability to growing in our region, productivity, potential to feed us over the winter, rarity, local origin, disease resistance, or historical or cultural interest.

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