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October 3, 2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Greensgrow Farms
2501 E. Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125 United States
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215.427.2780 x5


Nancy Wygant

Nancy Wygant comes to Greensgrow to share her years of expertise and seed saving enthusiasm. She’ll give us the ins and outs of saving seed so you can get started yourself in any size garden. We’ll go over basic topics; how to harvest and store seed, how to do germination tests for seed viability, understanding packaged seed, how to select which plants to save seed from. Plus more in depth topics like understanding open-pollinated vs. hybrid varieties, the basic botany of plant reproduction, how to control cross-pollination and avoid inbreeding.

We’ll show you a variety of seed, tools, and books and we’ll cover saving seed from popular vegetables, from simpler ones to those that require a little more effort like kale and collards. This is a great class to help you strategize for your seed saving goals and get a better understanding of the exciting things going on in your own garden!

There will be plenty of time to ask questions. Participants are invited to bring in seeds to share or swap at the end of the workshop! Everyone will get a handout and some seed to take home. Make sure to label anything you are bringing in with the type and year you harvested.

Nancy Wygant has been saving seeds for over 20 years and was a gardener at Bartram’s Garden for 14 years where she hosted seed saving events and maintained a collection of vegetables and flowers for their late 18th-century gardens. A long-time member of the Seed Savers’ Exchange, board member of the new Grassroots Seed Network, Nancy loves sharing her passion for seed saving, and giving folks the information they need to take it on themselves.

Read the interview with Nancy and Inquirer gardening columnist, Virginia Smith: “They always say: It’s so easy, anybody can do it