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Introduction to Seed Saving

May 5, 2011
Maui Weekly

“Without the knowledge and the ability to save seeds, true local food security is impossible,” said Upcountry Sustainability Education and Outreach Committee member Melanie Stephens.

The public is invited to learn the basics of seed saving—harvesting, cleaning and storing seeds for future plantings—and gain an understanding of how plants are pollinated and reproduce.

The free workshop will focus on local Maui favorites and vegetables from which seeds can easily be collected and stored.

Learn how your seed-buying choices today can affect your seed-saving options tomorrow.

“The public is invited to bring vegetables and plants that are overly mature and have gone to seed, so that we can show them to the group,” said Stephens. “And there will be a seed exchange at the end of the evening!”

Evan Ryan, a resident seed-saver, has spent the past 12 years as a permaculture designer, farmer, project manager and educator. On Maui, he serves as a consultant to farms, landscapers and landowners in all phases of garden and orchard health, and overall land design. His philosophy is centered on soil quality and holistically-based systems as the foundation for vibrant gardens, productive orchards and nutrient-rich foods.



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