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Seed saver    workshop

Time: April 21, 2012 from 10am to 4pm
Location: CCS Disability Centre, Royal Oak, Auckland
Street: 14 Erson Ave
City/Town: Royal Oak, Auckland
Phone: 021 2034510
Event Type: all, day, workshop, limited, to, 50, participants., bookings, essential.
Organized By: Trish Allen lizzr25@gmail.com
Latest Activity: Apr 15, 2012

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Event Description

Jude & Michel Fanton are passionate seed savers who have run the national Seed Saver's Network in Australia for over 25 years.  They have also worked on, documented and researched seed saving in 38 countries, trained seed savers, written books and made films to pass on their vast knowledge. 


This is a rare opportunity to spend a day with this internationally recognised couple.  In this one day workshop Jude and Michel will cover:


Food Sovereignty Starts with a Seed

                        • Global issues of seed ownership

                         • Changing laws on patents

                         • Higher levels of nutrition in traditional varieties

                         • Community conservation of genepool of food crops


Background to Biodiversity

                         • The importance of the choice of planting material

                         • The origins of plants

                         • From where do supermarket food varieties come?

                         • Chemical dependency, hybrids and genetically manipulated organisms


What Seeds to Save

                          • Heirlooms and historical varieties

                          • Local varieties – adaptation

                          • Arrivals with immigrants

                          • Connect with what you eat


Purity and Production

                            • Pollination – self and cross-pollination

                            • Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

                            • Keeping a variety pure – isolation in time, by distance, and by artificial means

                            • Plants that are vegetatively reproduced


Selection and Collection

                             • Criteria for selection

                             • When to select

                             • How many to select


After the Seed Harvest

                              • Cleaning & Drying

                              • Seed-borne diseases

                              • Storing

                              • Germination testing


Planting and Planning

                               • The self-seeding garden

                               • Leaving plants to go to seed

                               • Community seed banking

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