We are organising an event with the Soil Association on the subject of seeds.
The event is to be held at Embercombe, Devon on the 11th and 12th October and will not only cover the history of seed saving and the seed industry, as well as the current directives and proposed legislations, but also practical workshops on seed saving and breeding. There will also be talks about what is currently happening in the UK with seed trials and also the launch of the South West Seed Savers’ Cooperative.
On the evening of the 11th there will be a film and ceilidh as well a food. Camping is available as well as some space in yurts.
Here is the preliminary programme (details may change)
Saturday 11th October
Arrive from 1:30pm
3pm – Welcome and introduction
3:15pm: Seeds – a brief history with Peter Brinch from Open Pollinated Seeds
Why Open Pollinated seeds are important and enchanting
3:40pm: A commercial case-studywith Kate from The Real Seed Catalogue
The practicalities and realities of running a small seed company specialising in high quality OP seeds
4:00pm: Questions and Answers Session with Peter and Kate
4:30 – 4:50pm: Refreshment Break
4:50pm: The latest from the Open Pollinated Seed field lab and update on EU seed legislation with Ben Raskin from The Soil association
5:10pm: South West Seed Savers’ Cooperative with Dan and Ash from The Landworkers’ Alliance
A presentation followed by a discussion. What are our needs as growers regarding seeds? What are our responsibilities as growers regarding seeds? As growers, what can we do to improve the state of things?
6:20pm – Summing up the day.
8:30pm – Open event – Film – “Seeds of Freedom” introduced by Peter Brinch followed by a Ceilidh
Sunday 12 October
9am: Practical seed saving workshop with Kate from The Real Seed Catalogue
This will cover selection, pollination, maintaining genetic diversity, harvesting, winnowing, drying, storing, quantities needed, trialling and recording.
11:00: Refreshment Break
11.20: Tour of Embercombe land and gardenswith Jo Clarke, head of land and education at Embercombe
12.30: Final plenary.Actions for moving forward?
More details will be up shortly about how to book the event.