We LOVE to TALK about SEEDS and offer several opportunities throughout the year to learn about growing, harvesting and drying seeds! Since we are located in Boise, Idaho, most of our events are held there but if we can find the time, we love to travel around the Intermountain West. Let’s talk!
OUR ANNUAL EVENTS CALENDAR
All of the following events including the exact event dates, are well publicized on our Facebook page, so be sure you have “liked” it.
SEED SWAP (Boise, Idaho)
A part of the annual seed swap held in February in the Treasure Valley, we offer Seed Saving 101 & 102 classes at the event.
SEEDY SEPTEMBER (Boise, Idaho)
Every September we offer a 4-class dynamic SEED SAVING COURSE at SRSC headquarters in NW Boise. With a full-blown seed farm as our classroom, this hands-on class covers:
-Seed Saving Basics
-Seed and flower morphology
-Garden planning for seed saving
-Selection, roguing, and introduction to plant breeding
-Harvesting and curing seeds
-Wet and dry seed processing
-Global seed perspectives
-Your seedy plan
-And so much more!
Suitable for beginners or experienced seed savers who want to take their seed stewardship to the next level. 4 classes for $100
3:3 FARM TOUR (Boise, Idaho)
Every summer, we have a Farm Tour at the height of the SUMMER growing season. You will see our 3:3 Collaborative Urban Farm Project: 3 acres = 3 farming operations: (1) DRAGGIN’ WING NURSERY: a water-thrifty landscaping plant nursery with demonstration gardens, (2) EARTHLY DELIGHTS FARM: a one-acre urban CSA and seed farm, & (3) SNAKE RIVER SEED CO-OP: the headquarters for our small bio-regional garden seed company. On the seed farm, you will see many seed crops in various stages of ripeness ~ get acquainted with the delights and challenges of seed production, isolation methods, and seed harvest/processing tips/techniques!
At the beginning of every September, we help host a tomato tasting event in Boise along with Edwards Greenhouse and Treasure Valley Food Coalition. If you place a premium on taste, this event can help immensely in selecting tomato varieties to plant in your garden next year. We provide a free demonstration showing how to harvest, ferment, and decant “wet seeds” like tomotoes so you can save seeds from your own garden.
Every October, Casey offers open hours at our Northwest Boise headquarters for folks to come in and get help and advice on how to clean your dry or wet seeds. Contact us for more info firstname.lastname@example.org
CUSTOM CLASS OFFERINGS for your group
Our lively, inspiring, and engaging classes have become very popular among schools, environmental organizations, garden centers, and other institutions. We offer a variety of seed saving and gardening classes for adults and for kids. We’ve taught classes in classrooms, as well as the Idaho Botanical Garden, public libraries, the MK Nature Center, the Idaho Sustainable Agriculture Symposium, the Foothills Learning Center, independent garden centers, and so many more!
We’ve also teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance to offer several Seed School in a Day programs, as well as helped out with their week-long Seed School immersions.
Please visit the testimonials page for reviews of our classes. Class times can be somewhat flexible, but a general guideline is included with the descriptions below for planning purposes.
Contact us if you are interested in bringing an engaging class to your group. We will work with you to customize classes to your audience. Pricing varies by class and institution from $50 to $500, and there are a few scholarships available for qualified organizations. (Note: We hope to accommodate every request, but since we are small, our availability is somewhat limited).
Seeds–Whose Care? – 1 hr
A great class for college classes, environmental groups, and others who want to understand some of the the issues surrounding seeds, but who aren’t looking for a hands-on, how to save seeds class. Includes a brief history of seeds in the United States, a celebration of the miraculousness of seeds and their relation to culture and agriculture, issues surrounding patenting, GMOs, and other threats to seeds, and basic seed literacy.
Seed Saving 101 – 1- 1.5 hours
Our basic, down-n-dirty seed saving how-to class. Participants learn the basics of how to save good, pure seed, focusing mostly on easy-to-save seeds but briefly describing methods for more challenging crops. Includes class handouts and an overview of plant reproduction and pollination. Of course, folks will leave delighted and bedazzled by the power and beauty of seeds as well!
Seed Saving 102 – 1-1.5 hours
This class is for folks who have a basic understanding of seed saving but who would like to take their efforts to the next level. Here we delve into isolation techniques, hand-pollinating, population sizes, and some of the more breathtaking models of community seed stewardship.
Summer on a Seed Farm! – 1-3 hours
This one’s only offered at our own beautiful Earthly Delights Farm. Once a summer, we invite folks out to the farm for some hands-on fun with seeds! We walk our gardens with our students, pointing out seeds in various stages of maturity, detailing our isolation methods, harvesting techniques, and all sorts of other yummy tidbits. We also tour the demonstration gardens of Draggin’ Wing High Desert Nursery, with whom we share space. Participants learn how to hand-pollinate squash, to determine when seed is ready to harvest, and more! One of our favorite summertime events!
Seed Processing – 1-2 hours
This fun, hands on class gives participants a brief overview of seed saving and then gets them involved with the hands on process of cleaning seeds. We’ll thresh and winnow dry seeds, we’ll process, decant, and dry wet seeds, and we’ll together witness the magic of an abundance of seeds piling up from dried up stalks or pulpy goop. Guaranteed to enrapture even the hardest hearts.
Seed School in a Day – 8 hours
We partner up with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance to teach Seed School in a Day, a powerful, one-day workshop aimed at shifting the seed paradigm back into the hands of our communities. The program is a condensed version of Seed School, the acclaimed six-day course that has graduated more than 500 students and launched dozens of inspiring local projects worldwide. Created by longtime seed educators Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, the course draws upon 30 years of expertise in seed cultivation, harvesting, cleaning, marketing and distribution.
Following the successes of more than 20 Seed School courses, Seed School in a Day offers a comprehensive overview of seed knowledge available nowhere else. The program covers a wide range of topics spanning the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Practical, hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. Adult and teen participants of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate in this challenging yet accessible workshop.
Seed Farm Apprenticeship
If you’re really stoked about seeds and are ready for a potentially life-changing experience, every year our founding farm, Earthly Delights Farm in Boise, Idaho offers a part-time, summer-long apprenticeship.
Apprentices learn about farming on a busy, urban farm with 2 missions: 1) CSA: growing produce for a 45 member CSA and 2) SEED FARM: growing out plants for seeds. Join them for an alternative education experience that involves hands-on organic methods, thought provoking readings and an appreciation for local economies, the earth and good food.
Apprenticeship Application Deadline: Early February
Apprenticeship Dates: Early March to October 31st