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Online: Small Scale Native Seed Production in the Northeast

Seed Center Director Emily Baisden and Executive Director Andrea Berry will present “Small Scale Native Seed Production in the Northeast” at the annual Native Seed Network Conference.  This talk, in collaboration with Native Plant Trust and Hilltop Hanover Farm, highlights the successes and challenges of increasing accessibility of genetically diverse seed and plants for restoration in the Northeast. What does it take to partner with a diversity of small-scale partners, throughout the ecoregion, to establish and grow a Northeast Seed Network? Come find out!

Note: program listings are Pacific Standard Time.
10:30 AM – 11:10 AM PST / 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM EST

Register at the Native Seed Network Conference website.

Online: February Member Q&A

Each month, WSP’s resident plant experts join members on Zoom to answer questions and talk all things native plants. Current members will receive a link to the session via email.

Not a member? Join today!

Online: Wabanaki REACH: Interacting with Wabanaki-Maine History

This program is a two hour interactive experience in which we engage in a story of particular events in the history of 400-years of colonization of Wabanaki people by Europeans in this territory now called the state of Maine.

This highly engaging experience requires our full participation in order to genuinely increase our understanding of colonization and what it means for current descendants and future generations; to reflect on what story we are writing for our grandchildren.

We ask participants to participate with their cameras on throughout the presentation in order to experience the program to its fullest.

Wild Seed Project is excited to offer this important program to our community. We hope that this program adds necessary context to the ways in which history informs our present, and how knowing this history can help us interact more thoughtfully with this place, Wabanakik.

Register here.

Online: Rowen White on Seeds of Resilience: The Cultural Dimension of Plant Biodiversity

Seeds of Resilience: The Cultural Dimension Plant Biodiversity

Join Mohawk Seedkeeper Rowen White as she shares her insights about Indigenous seeds and their stewards across North America and her home community of Akwesasne in upstate NY; stories that embody the vision of relationality and kinship between humans and plants and explore the depth of the cultural dimension of plant biodiversity in North America. She will share the collective vision of intercultural healing that emerges when we center Indigenous leadership, traditional ecological knowledge, cultural memory, and sovereignty of living in relationship with the cultural inheritance of land, seeds, and other non-human kin.  Her uplifting stories from her work at the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network will paint an uplifting picture of inter-cultural climate sanity for the regenerative land stewardship movement in these times of great transformation.

Rowen White is a Seedkeeper/farmer and author from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the Educational Director and lead mentor of Sierra Seeds, an innovative Indigenous seed bank and land-based educational organization located in Nevada City, CA. Rowen is the Founder of the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network, which is committed to restoring the Indigenous Seed Commons, and currently serves as a Cooperative Seed Hub Coordinator.

To register, click here. For questions about this event, please contact Jess Gildea, Director of Community Engagement: jess@wildseedproject.net.

Online: March Member Q&A

Each month, WSP’s resident plant experts join members on Zoom to answer questions and talk all things native plants. Current members will receive a link to the session via email.

Not a member? Join today!

In Person: Good Growing Gathering: Backyard Biodiversity

The Ecology School 184 Simpson Road, Saco

As part of The Ecology School’s Good Growing Gathering, Wild Seed Project’s education lead Nell Houde will share “Backyard Biodiversity.”  Nell will introduce ways of working with the landscape to welcome more life into your growing spaces.

The whole Good Growing Gathering is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate growing food in the Northeast. This weekend-long event will be a wonderful opportunity to live and learn at River Bend Farm, share information about gardening and farming, and build a community around growing food. All are welcome – beginner and master gardeners alike.

Attendees will enjoy four meals from the on farm kitchen and stay in the beautiful and comfortable dorms built with sustainability as a priority. During your free time, enjoy and explore our beautiful campus along the Saco River. Weekend Cost is $30 made possible by Hannaford Supermarkets.

Visit The Ecology School website to register.

In Person: Tabling at MOFGA Seed & Scion Exchange

MOFGA Common Ground Education Center 294 Crosby Brook Rd, Unity

We’ll be at the annual MOFGA Seed Swap & Scion Exchange, sharing info about how we do seed collecting and saving.  Come say hi!

The swap is a fun, bustling event attended by hundreds of gardeners and farmers, sharing seeds, scionwood, plants, hatching eggs, kombucha starters and more.

No registration required; find more information on the MOFGA website.

Online: Climate Resilience Q & A

Wild Seed Project’s 2024 Guide is all about Planting for Climate Resilience, and we want to hear from you all, our community, about the questions you have regarding caring for plants and other life in a changing world.

We are hosting a 1 hour open Q&A to talk through what we have been seeing in the Northeast, and how we have been adapting.

Bring your questions about winter sowing in warming winters, assisted migration, the adaptive capacity of plants and ecosystems, and anything else related to planting for climate resilience.

Emily Baisden, our Seed Center Director, Maura Sanchi, our Retail and Nursery Coordinator, and Nell Houde, our Educational Programs Manager, will be there from Wild Seed Project to answer your questions.

We want to highlight that there’s a lot we don’t know, and there’s a lot we’re learning every day. This is an opportunity to bring your questions and also share in conversation about what we have all been noticing, and how we are thinking about resilience in an unknown future.

Register to reserve your space!

In Person, BOSTON: Planting for Climate Resilience

Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway, Cambridge

In addition to helping to sustain vital pollinators, birds and other wildlife, native plantings offer countless other benefits that are indispensable in the age of climate change. When created and maintained with ecologically attuned landscaping practices, they can minimize flooding and storm water runoff, shade and cool cities, survive droughts, and facilitate carbon storage more effectively than the landscapes dominated by turf and mulch that blanket so many of our communities. Join our Executive Director Andrea Berry to learn about the actions you can take to make your corner of the world more biodiverse and resilient to the effects of climate change.

Hosted by Grow Native Massachusetts at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA.  No registration required; find more into at Grow Native Mass.

In Person: Planting for Climate Resilience at Green Home & Energy

The Point Community Center 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy, South Portland

Wild Seed Project is pleased to be the nonprofit beneficiary of this year’s Green Home & Energy Show.  Ticket proceeds will benefit Wild Seed Project.  We’ll be tabling at the show all day with information and merchandise.

Executive Director Andrea Berry will also present “Planting for Climate Resilience” sharing actions you can take to make your corner of the world more biodiverse and resilient to the effects of climate change.  In addition to helping to sustain vital pollinators, birds and other wildlife, native plantings offer countless other benefits that are indispensable in the age of climate change. When created and maintained with ecologically attuned landscaping practices, they can minimize flooding and storm water runoff, shade and cool cities, survive droughts, and facilitate carbon storage more effectively than the landscapes dominated by turf and mulch that blanket so many of our communities.

Presentation is at 1pm in the Student Lounge.

 

Online: April Member Q&A

Each month, WSP’s resident plant experts join members on Zoom to answer questions and talk all things native plants. Current members will receive a link to the session via email.

Not a member? Join today!

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