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IN PERSON CLASS: Seed Saving 101

$20.00

 

Whether you're interested in saving seeds to grow more vegetables, fruits, or flowers, this hands-on class will introduce you to the botany of seed production (the plant and pollinator's part) and the basics of seed collection (your part). Try out different tools and techniques for harvesting, cleaning, and storing your seeds including dry seeds (most wildflowers) and wet seeds (tomatoes, passionfruit, pawpaw, etc.). Practice threshing, winnowing, sifting/screening, and fermenting using homemade equipment and "hacks" to improve these processes. Two methods for de-fluffing milkweed seeds will be shared along with some fun projects to put all that extra fluff to good use. Take home mini-packets of up to five species of pollinator-friendly fruit or flower seeds you've helped process such as cardinal flower (for hummingbirds), evening primrose (for moths), milkweed (for monarch butterflies), pawpaw (for zebra swallowtail butterflies), passionvine (for fritillary butterflies), ground cherries (for specialist bees), hibiscus (for specialist bees), and love-in-a-mist (for a variety of pollinators). 

An avid wildlife habitat gardener and environmental educator for over 25 years, Kim Bailey has a true passion for pollinators. In 2014, she moved to family property in Fruitland, NC and founded Milkweed Meadows Farm. Generations ago, the property was a working dairy farm. Today, instead of producing milk, the farm grows milkweed as well as native wildflower seeds, open-pollinated heirloom vegetable seeds, pollinator-friendly potted plants, cut flowers, and specialty fruits. Living tunnels of passionvines, pipevines, and climbing milkweeds benefit a diversity of butterfly species while an orchard of over 100 paw paw trees specifically nurture zebra swallowtails. Kim not only enjoys gardening for bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and other wildlife at the farm, but loves sharing knowledge about creating pollinator habitats with others by regularly teaching classes and giving presentations. 

When: Wednesday, October 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 


Where: Sow True Seed - 243 Haywood Street Asheville 28801


Further information and reminders will be sent out via email


Spots are limited 

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Whether you're interested in saving seeds to grow more vegetables, fruits, or flowers, this hands-on class will introduce you to the botany of seed production (the plant and pollinator's part) and the basics of seed collection (your part). Try out different tools and techniques for harvesting, cleaning, and storing your seeds including dry seeds (most wildflowers) and wet seeds (tomatoes, passionfruit, pawpaw, etc.). Practice threshing, winnowing, sifting/screening, and fermenting using homemade equipment and "hacks" to improve these processes. Two methods for de-fluffing milkweed seeds will be shared along with some fun projects to put all that extra fluff to good use. Take home mini-packets of up to five species of pollinator-friendly fruit or flower seeds you've helped process such as cardinal flower (for hummingbirds), evening primrose (for moths), milkweed (for monarch butterflies), pawpaw (for zebra swallowtail butterflies), passionvine (for fritillary butterflies), ground cherries (for specialist bees), hibiscus (for specialist bees), and love-in-a-mist (for a variety of pollinators). 

An avid wildlife habitat gardener and environmental educator for over 25 years, Kim Bailey has a true passion for pollinators. In 2014, she moved to family property in Fruitland, NC and founded Milkweed Meadows Farm. Generations ago, the property was a working dairy farm. Today, instead of producing milk, the farm grows milkweed as well as native wildflower seeds, open-pollinated heirloom vegetable seeds, pollinator-friendly potted plants, cut flowers, and specialty fruits. Living tunnels of passionvines, pipevines, and climbing milkweeds benefit a diversity of butterfly species while an orchard of over 100 paw paw trees specifically nurture zebra swallowtails. Kim not only enjoys gardening for bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and other wildlife at the farm, but loves sharing knowledge about creating pollinator habitats with others by regularly teaching classes and giving presentations. 

When: Wednesday, October 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 


Where: Sow True Seed - 243 Haywood Street Asheville 28801


Further information and reminders will be sent out via email


Spots are limited