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Seed Saving

  • VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion 4415 River Road Petersburg, VA (map)


Preserving Genetic Diversity, Community Culture and Adding to Your Bottom Line

APRIL 23, 2019
10AM - 2PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Rd • Petersburg, VA

Registration is $10 per person, includes lunch

Preservation of seeds is one of the foundations of sustainable food production. Learn why seed saving matters and how GMO agriculture, consolidation in the seed industry, loss of genetic diversity, and  rapid decline in the number of active seed savers among black farmers affects your farm or garden. 

Then, learn the basics of seed saving, seed cleaning and seed production for your own farm and issues to consider when deciding whether selling seeds directly to gardeners or contracting for sales to independent seed companies both organic and non-organic will add to the bottom line on  your farm.

Workshop Presenters:

  • Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange author of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

  • Irena Hollowell of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and The Grass Roots Seed Network

For more information, contact Marilyn Estes at (804) 481-0485 or  or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office ( or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Earlier Event: April 19
Blueberry Field Walk