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In Person: Seed Sowing Workshop at Falmouth Memorial Library

Falmouth Memorial Library 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth

Come join the Wild Seed Project at the Falmouth Memorial Library to learn about the diverse plants that grow here in Maine and their unique seed collection and seed sowing processes.

In this workshop, Wild Seed Project staff will facilitate a hands-on exploration of the many steps of growing native plants from seed, and establishing diverse landscapes using seed-grown plants.

This class will begin outside with a walk, identifying different plants in the area and demonstrating ecologically-responsible seed collecting practices for those plants. The second part of the workshop will move us inside, where we will all practice winter seed sowing, and talk through the best practices for keeping your seeds outside for the winter. Each participant will leave with a pot of sown seeds!

Register here.

In Person: WSP Holiday Pop Up Shop

Wild Seed Project 21 Memorial Highway, North Yarmouth

Join us at our administrative offices in North Yarmouth for a Holiday Pop Up shopping experience!

We will be selling seeds, merch, seed sowing kits, plant guides, and artwork. Cash and cards accepted!

 

We will be joined by the following vendors:

Vanessa Nesvig

Lin Snow

In Person: Four Season Walks: WINTER Plant Walk at Captain Fitzgerald Recreation and Conservation Area

Captain Fitzgerald Park Lindberg Crossing, Brunswick

Come experience the crisp beauty of winter at the blueberry barrens!

In this Brunswick-based Four Season Walks series, participants will learn how to identify many of the native plants growing around the conservation area. Join Emily Baisden, Wild Seed Project’s seed program manager and resident entomologist to explore the flora and fauna of this area. This will be the last of the four walks. If you came to the other seasonal walks, we encourage you to come to this one as well!

The goal of these walks is to foster relationships with place through relationships with plants, and encourage further stewardship of our community spaces. Come walk and learn with Wild Seed Project! We will meet at the parks entrance, at the end of Lindbergh Crossing, accessed via Old Bath Rd.

Register here.

In Person: Emerald Ash Borer in Maine and the Current State of Ash Trees

Scarborough Public Library 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough

The Scarborough Land Trust (SLT) and Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik (APCAW) and the Wild Seed Project will present on the current state of Ash Trees and the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer in Maine, what these organizations are doing to conserve Ash trees, and how community members can help.

Register here.

Online: Seed Sowing Workshop

Come join the Wild Seed Project for a free online winter seed sowing demonstration. Our Seed Program Director, Emily Baisden, will demonstrate each step of sowing native seeds and talk through best practices and where to find the materials you need to do this! There will be time for participant questions at the end.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Your registration will get you access to the Zoom link, which will be sent out the day of the event. We will also send the recording to registrants after the webinar.

Register here.

Online: January Member’s 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!

Didn’t get your link via email?  Contact Sara!

Online: Not Just the Honeybee: Native Plants & Native Pollinators in Your Garden

Join our Seed Program Director, Emily Baisden, for an introduction to the marvelous diversity of native bees!  Here in Maine we have over 270 species of native bees, each playing a part in the broader ecosystem.  Emily will be joined by Ellen Maling, Barbara Murphy, and Joan Carney from the Tom Settlemire Community Garden to share how they’ve cultivated habitat for pollinators at the garden.  Come away with a deeper appreciation for native pollinators and how you too can welcome them with native plantings.

In partnership with Brunswick Topsham Landtrust.

Click here to register for the event.

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!

In Person: Birds and Bagels Earth Month Celebration and Work Party

Turkey Hill Farm 120 Old Ocean House Drive, Cape Elizabeth

***DATE CHANGE*** Monday April 15th 2024

Join us at our Native Seed Center at Turkey Hill Farm for an Earth Month Celebration with the Wild Seed Project! Bring your binoculars and your work gloves for a fun-filled morning. The day will proceed as follows:

9:00 AM: Collect at Turkey Hill Farm for bagels from Scratch Baking and coffee.

9:15 AM: Go for a birding walk around Turkey Hill (maybe we’ll see blue birds!) led by our staff entomologist/bird expert Emily Baisden.

10:00 AM: Get a tour of the seed center, and begin spring site preparation. This will likely include removing sod and prepping planting beds. Stay for as long as you wish, we are grateful for any and all help!

Please register so we know how many bagels and shovels to bring.

 

Online: Rethinking Gardening

Gardens are their own small ecosystems, and the degree to which they bolster the resilience of their larger local ecosystem depends on how we plant and manage them. Our plant choices can determine which species can seek refuge in our gardens, how much species diversity we see in residential areas and help minimize impacts of climate change such as flooding and drought. Learn how to create a beautiful and ecologically resilient haven in your own back yard that benefits you, local wildlife and your community!

This event is part of York Public Library’s 2024 climate programming series, “Living in a Climate Changed World.” Register at the York Public Library website.

In Person: Planting for Climate Resilience

Louis T. Graves Memorial Library 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport

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.

Free and open to the public.  Copies of the publication “Planting for Climate Resilience” will be available for sale at the event.

Online: May 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: Spring Birding at Turkey Hill

Turkey Hill Farm 120 Old Ocean House Drive, Cape Elizabeth

Join us at Turkey Hill Farm for early morning birding with our staff ornithologist, Emily Baisden. We will meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM (bring your coffee!) and walk around the field, shrub habitat, and forest at Turkey Hill, looking out for bluebirds, warblers, and any other feathered friends we may encounter. Bring binoculars if you have them! This is a great chance to meet other birders and nature-lovers, ask questions to an ecologist and bird expert, and maybe add some new species to your life list.

Register to secure your spot.

Rain date is Monday, May 20, same time.

In Person: ReForest the City

Reiche School Community Room 166 Brackett St, Portland

The West End Neighborhood Association has launched a campaign to reforest the city of Portland, highlighting the importance of urban trees to climate adaptation, wildlife habitat, human health and more.  Our Manager of Applied Ecology, Tyler Refsland, will present on the critical role of urban canopy cover in building climate resilience.  Come learn, and connect with organizers at WENA for help selecting and planting a native tree in your urban yard!

This talk is free and open to the public.  More info at the WENA ReForest the City webpage.

In Person: Four Seasons Walk: Spring at Woodward Preserve

Woodward Point Preserve 219 Woodward Point Road, Brunswick

We are so excited to be partnering with The Maine Coast Heritage Trust for our 2024 Four Season Walk series! In this Brunswick-based Four Season Walk, participants will learn how to identify many of the native plants growing around the preserve. Join Emily Baisden, Wild Seed Project’s seed program director and resident entomologist to explore the flora and fauna of this area. This will be the first of four walks, spaced throughout the year in each unique season, where we will all engage in observing and asking questions of our surroundings, and identifying the varied plants, shrubs, trees, ferns, and wildlife along the trail.

The goal of these walks is to foster relationships with place through relationships with plants, and encourage further stewardship of our community spaces. Come walk and learn about Woodward Point Preserve in all its season with Wild Seed Project! We will meet at the preserve’s entrance, in the parking lot on Woodward Point Rd.

Offered in partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  Register for the event if you’d like to join us!