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Seed Cleaning Volunteer Day (2017)

  • Date: December 3, 2017
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bartram’s Garden’s Mary Mantey and Philadelphia Seed Exchange’s Owen Taylor will provide guidance as we hand-process a wide assortment of seeds collected from the garden in 2017. Support Bartram’s Garden while enjoying a relaxing, communal atmosphere with many hands at work. Some of these seeds will be sold out of our nursery next year while others will be planted in the garden in the spring. Each type of seed is handled a little differently, making this an excellent learning opportunity for those interested in learning the ancient practice of saving seed. Hot tea provided.

Indoors in the heated Coach House building.

Owen Taylor runs the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, facilitating seed swaps and workshops in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and other local groups and organizations. For the last four years, Owen managed the historic Roughwood Seed Collection in Devon, PA. He now grows open-pollinated seeds, medicinal herbs, and flowers to support his work with SeedKeeping, a food sovereignty-based collaboration between rural and urban farmers.  SeedKeeping works with community-rooted farmers focused on preserving and proliferating culturally important heirloom seeds along with their stories, rituals, and the centuries of traditions contained within them. In addition, as a freelance facilitator, Owen trains farmers, cooks, educators, and other community leaders in how to effectively share their knowledge and skills using popular education, dialogue, and a participatory, hands-on approach. Follow his work at Seed Keeping.