Seed Saving and Feedback Forms

As the Summer draws to a close. I hope everyone has enjoyed the beautiful weather and hopefully a few bounties from their garden.

Please fill out the feedback forms, you can find them on the Feedback heading on the top of the website! Its very important for our trial to get the feedback.

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Seed Saving Workshop

Seed Saving in Niger, West Africa

You do not have to go to Africa to learn how to save seed. Announcing Project Grow’s Seed Saving Workshop!

When: Saturday August 13th from 10:00-11:30
Where: Nature House at Leslie Science Center–1831 Traver Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Royer Held will be teaching the class and he will demonstrate saving tomato seeds, with a possibility of other vegetable and flower seed heads/pods. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics on seed saving and ask questions. If you would like to attend please RSVP to greatlakesheirloom@gmail.com

Heirloom Potluck at Wuster Park

We would like to invite you to the Slow Food Huron Valley: Great Lakes heirloom potluck!
When: July 10th from 4-6pm
Where: Wuster Park (See Map Below)

Everyone is invited to share some of the heirloom harvest and talk about how our gardens are doing. Especially if you’re participating in the Great Lakes Heirloom Seed Trial, we’re asking folks to bring samples of what they are growing so we can share tastes. And, if you’re able, please make a dish to pass with what you’ve grown. SFHV will provide some tasty beverages and charcoal for the grill! Please RSVP to: greatlakesheirloom@gmail.com If you have chairs, blankets, and/or canopies please bring them. Also don’t forget to bring a plate and fork!

Slow Food Huron Valley and Old West Side maintain the Demonstration Edible Garden at Wuster Park. Come for the potluck and help us clean up the Garden! There is a playground for the kids and plenty of green space. If you have a canopy bring it in case of rain!

Heirloom Seed Trial Farm Tour and Potluck

06/19/2011 Farm Tour and Potluck

Group Shot at Living Stones Farm

Capella Farm

Pruning Tomatoes at Capella

We had a great day at the heirloom seed trial farm tour and potluck! We visited three farms that are growing numerous varieties in our Great Lakes heirloom seed trial. First stop was Capella Farm. Jennifer Kangas showed us around her beautiful farm. You can check our her website here. Great Lakes Heirloom Seed trail varieties include (but not limited to):

Dwarf Gray Sugar Snap Pea

Sanguine and Sunset Lettuce

Honor Bright Tomato

Living Stones Farm

Touring the Farm

Helping out by pulling weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was Living Stones Farm. They sell at the Dearborn Market and have a 40 member CSA. They have two farming locations and we went to the one located at the Northwest corner of Textile and Carpenter in Ypsi.

Amy Heath showed us around and talk all about the amazing work they do. To learn more about transitional job training and empowerment opportunities for those returning from incarceration see their website here.We even had a chance to help out and pull some weeds around the broccoli.

Seeley Farm @ Tilian

Tilian Barn

We got three tours in one at Tilian! Mark from Seeley Farm showed us around Tilian Farm Development Center which includes Seeley Farm (Greens), Bending Sickle Farm (Meat CSA), and Green Things Farms (Produce CSA).

Mark and Alex at Seeley are growing all our Heirloom Seed Trial lettuce varieties. We even got to help harvest them and then eat them at the potluck!

Check out all the photos on the Great Lakes Heirloom Seed Trial Flickr Group. If you want to support an heirloom seed project by Heritage Seed Co get more information here.

Harvesting heirloom lettuce

Carrying back the harvest

Slow Food Huron Valley Great Lakes Heirloom Seed Trial

The program will work like this: we will give you free heirloom seeds from the Great Lakes region in exchange for your feedback. The Slow Food Heirloom Trial is about providing home gardeners and farmers with Great Lakes region heirloom seed varieties to help develop and conserve the local biodiversity of our food. We want to familiarize the community about seed saving and heirloom varieties through the Heirloom Seed Trial. Your feedback will be used to create seed descriptions as well as influence what seeds we will be used in the future.