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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

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Past Events

August 2020

“Planting for Pollinators” Workshop

August 3, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference

We hear a lot about honeybees, but very little about the myriad other pollinators that also support our agricultural and ecological systems. Find out how to create habitat for these hard-working pollinators, and why flowers are just a piece of the puzzle.

This workshop will be presented by Wild Seed Project’s new program manager, Anna Fialkoff.

Register for the NOFA Conference Here.

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“Plants, Not Lawns” Class

August 4, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wild Seed Project Co-Sponsoring with Native Plant Trust

Who says lawns need to be monocultures or only made of grasses? We can do better than the default landscape material that covers most of the suburban landscape. You will learn to create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry instead. Discover your options and get inspired to change your lawn management practices or to replace your lawn altogether with a variety of alternatives.

This class will be presented by Wild Seed Project’s new program manager, Anna Fialkoff.

Register at Native Plant Trust Here.

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September 2020

“Gardening for Habitat” Webinar

September 1, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The degree to which gardens support native wildlife depends on our practices. Learn how from Wild Seed Project’s new program manager Anna Fialkoff's experience at Garden in the Woods. When you register, you'll receive an email with a link to the webinar. We suggest registering early — between now and the day of the webinar —  and then logging into the webinar 10 or 15 minutes early, so you have time to navigate both processes, registering and logging in before the webinar starts. Click here to read more and register in advance at Native Plant Trust
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WSP Plant Sale 2020!

September 12, 2020 - September 26, 2020

Featuring 50+ Native Species of Seed-Grown Plants

Propagated by Wild Seed Project Staff and Volunteers

We are very excited to host our first plant sale this September!

Every winter, we sow seeds in our nursery to test all species we sell and ensure the seeds’ viability and the effectiveness of our recommended sowing methods. The resulting seedlings usually become stock plants for future seed collection. This year, we have a surplus, as well as new and tough-to-find species, such as poke milkweed and fireweed, that we’re excited to share with you. September is a great time to plant, because the weather is cooler and plants don’t need as much water as they do in spring and summer, so we hope you’ll enjoy this extra opportunity to plant beautiful seed-grown natives in your gardens while supporting Wild Seed Project. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we’ll be taking orders online before in-person pick-up at selected dates and times. Beginning September 12, look for the plant sale on our website. When you place your order and choose your preferred pick-up day and time slot, you’ll receive directions to our pick-up location and all other necessary instructions. We’re grateful…

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MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 25, 2020 - September 27, 2020

This year, MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair will happen online. There, you can shop Wild Seed Project products, including a new one — our beautiful, hand-illustrated “Autumn & Winter Seed Sowing in Nine Easy Steps” guide that’s now available as an 18"x13" glossy poster — and available only at the fair! Also on sale will be WSP embroidered hats, screen-printed garden aprons, and Wild Seed magazine, Volumes 5 and 6. Stay tuned for our September newsletter, where we’ll provide updated details and a link to our profile page on the fair’s website.  

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October 2020

Introduction to Designing with Native Plants

October 8, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Although most often associated with natural settings such as meadows, forests, and pond edges, native plants can work beautifully in built landscapes. Learn which native plants work best for gardens, and what principles of design enhance their aesthetic appeal. Cosponsor: Native Plant Trust Please use the link below to register on NPT's website $12 (NPT Members)/$15 (NPT Nonmembers)

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Live Q&A Session for Members

October 22, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We're excited to host our first live Q&A session for members on Zoom. Heather McCargo, executive director, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions about any aspect of growing native plants. Please click here to register by Tuesday, October 20, at 8:00 pm.

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November 2020

“Resilient Landscapes in Built Environments — Native Herbaceous Plants”

November 11, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

On day two of a four-day series on sustainable gardening for professionals at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo will share her expertise on native herbaceous plants for beauty and biodiversity. The series is geared toward horticulture and landscape professionals. Read more about the entire four-day series and register through Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s website.

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December 2020

“Ecological Gardening” Webinar

December 3, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wondering when to cut back perennials, and how long into autumn perennials, trees, and shrubs can be planted or pruned? Want to know about the most wildlife-friendly approach? Anna Fialkoff will explain how to transition a garden into winter dormancy while balancing winter and spring preparation, beauty, and wildlife value in this one-hour webinar. Cosponsored by Native Plant Trust Webinars fill up quickly, so register ASAP through Native Plant Trust to secure your spot!

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January 2021

Northeast Organic Seed Conference

January 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A pair of hands opening a milkweed seed pod over a blue plate full of seeds

The Ecotype Seed School Presents: Creating an Ecotypic Seed Network in the Northeast

Join WSP’s Heather McCargo and other regional seed experts to listen in on a panel discussion at Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY’s) Northeast Organic Seed Conference.

As stewards of the land, we all understand the importance of restoring, protecting, and conserving our natural ecosystems. How can seed producers support the living seed banks of our shared ecological corridors with genetically local native seeds?

Many of us in the Northeast are doing the important work of ecotype seed production — but what resources or skill sets are we missing to foster a fully functional ecoregional “seedshed?”

Some of our region’s leading pioneers and authorities will conduct a needs assessment and discuss a way forward to amplify Northeast ecotype seed for ecological restoration.

Sponsored by CT NOFA, The Ecotype Project for Pollinator Health, and NOFA Organic Land Care

Read more and register with NOFA-NY for just one day or the entire multi-day conference

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