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Seed Saving: a North Farm Extension Short course

Sponsoring Organization: MSUE

Date: Sunday, October. 9, 2016

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

End Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location : The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI

Description of the Event: The North Farm is hosting a series of Extension short courses starting in April on topics designed for market gardeners, small farms, and skill-seekers interested in gardening and farming. These short courses are an in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices taught by multiple instructors. Come to The North Farm for 5-hour learning sessions with an emphasis on hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class. Each short course includes the cost of materials for a project that is part of the instruction (1 set of materials per registration). Activities include using low hoop benders, building a strap hoe, saving seeds, and learning to test soil respiration. All short courses start at 1 p.m. EST and are located at The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI - 1 mile north of the Village of Chatham on the Rock River Road  Seed Saving - Sunday, October. 9, 2016 1 - 6 p.m. - Saving seeds gives individuals the ability to select UP-hardy plant varieties and carry them on for future generations. Consider the percentage of your budget that goes to open pollinated seeds each year; replacing even a portion of that with seed saved from the farm saves money and creates a story you can tell your buyers. Hands-on: Save seeds from a selection of open-pollinated plants using wet and dry process - Topics: Basic plant genetics, Planning a seed-saving garden, Harvesting and storing seeds, Wet process/dry process; Seed saving as a commercial enterprise. Cost $30 for each course or $100 for all 4.  FARM RATE AVAILABLE for multiple attendees from one farm $45 for each course or $150 for all courses.  More info at

Education Credit Hours: 5.0

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