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Second Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference

Hosted by NOFA-NY’s 2019 Winter Conference, the Second Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference will feature in-depth seed saving and plant breeding workshops for beginners and experts alike. Join us to share regional seed stories and traditions with other growers, exchange seeds at the seed swap, and build seed sovereignty and seed security for your community.


SEED SWAP

Time: Saturday 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Meet up with seed keepers, seed savers, and seed stewards of all kinds at this year’s seed swap extravaganza! Hosted by Seedshed.org and Lisa Bloodnick, this swap will be bigger and more diverse than usual due to the many folks attending the conference. Come pass seeds from hand-to-hand, sow seed stories face-to-face, and leave with full pockets and full hearts. If you would like to participate, don’t forget to bring your seeds! If you would like table space, please contact Lisa Bloodnick at (607) 625-4141 or lbloodnick@gmail.com.


SEEDS OF HOPE FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION

Time: Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a special screening of the short documentary about the Native American Seed Sanctuary, a collaborative effort between the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Seedshed, cultural educators and seed keepers from Akwesasne, and the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. After the 20-minute film, we'll have a discussion with a few of the people in the film including Mary Arquette, Tina Square, Rowen White, Raul Carreon, and Ken Greene.


TASTE MAKERS: CULINARY BREEDING & CHEF/FARMER COLLABORATIVES

What is the relationship between seed, food, our plates, and palates? Hear different not-for-profit and for-profit perspectives on working with culinary professionals to help direct breeding goals, including Seedshed’s Kitchen Cultivars, Johnny’s Seeds Northeast Seed-to-Table Initiative, Row 7, and Invincible Summer Farms. Case studies will be followed by a brainstorm and conversation about sensory evaluations—how each presenter does them, lexicons, and how to structure a public tasting or in-house tasting.


WONDER OF SEEDS VIDEO BOOTH

Come visit Seedshed’s booth at the tradeshow and be part of our collaborative video all about the Wonder of Seeds! Step into the booth, share your love for seeds, growing, food, flowers, soil and the culture of agriculture, and become one of the many voices helping to inspire others to cherish seeds.


Art of Seed Exhibition

The Hudson Valley Seed Company’s exhibit is back with 14 new artworks celebrating the art of seed including a Honeynut Squash wood block print, Onondaga Sunflower wampum belt illustration, Shishito Pepper metal sculpture and more. Pick up a free coloring book page of the art for Pollinator Petal Patch mix and enter the coloring contest!