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Looking to extend your seed saving knowledge to new heights?

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The following workshops provide professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; create the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expand opportunities and reduce barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This series of programming events is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

These workshops are a partnership effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance and Ohio State University's Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT). Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, a program of Community Food Initiatives, works to build a network of seed growers, preserve Appalachian heritage and increase market demand for locally saved seeds. Community Food Initiatives is an Athens, Ohio based non-profit working to foster communities where everyone has equal access to healthy, local food.  

Workshops are from 10am-4pm and include a locally catered lunch. Cost of attendance is $25 for adults, $15 for students. Scholarship applications are also available. 

The workshop locations and schedules are as follows:

Wooster: Adaptation Theme

Saturday, September 9, 2017




Yellow Springs: Management Theme

Saturday, October 21, 2017



Cleveland: Management Theme

Saturday, November 4, 2017



Athens: Adaptation Theme

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Athens Community Center

701 E State St, Athens, OH 45701

Catered by: TBD

●     9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Event check in

●     9:45 AM - 10:30 AM: Welcome and Introduction to Seed Policy- Mary Nally, CFI

●     10:30 AM -12 PM: Genetic Diversity, Adaptation, and Seed Germination- Brian Pace, US Borlaug Global Food Security Fellow at OSU

●     12 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch

●     1:00 PAM - 2:30 PM: Hacking Hybrids- Dr. Art Trese, Ohio University

●     2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Break

●     2:45 PM - 3:45 PM: Lost Crops- Dr. Paul Patton, Ohio University

●     3:45 PM- 4:00 PM: Evaluation

●     4:00 PM- 5:00 PM: Networking Reception with faculty from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador


People that have registered will be notified of any schedule changes.