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January 2021

Northeast Organic Seed Conference

January 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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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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Q&A Session for Members

January 21 @ 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM

We hope you'll join us! For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, executive director, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face. Members, please watch for our email Saturday, January 16, to register for the session.

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Members are the root system of our organization, helping us grow and fulfill our mission. They also enjoy a few perks such as a 10% discount in our online shop, a free copy of our annual publication, and invitations to member events — like our monthly Q&A sessions.

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Webinar “Grassroots Seed Propagation of Native Plants”

January 22 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Growing native plants from seed is a different way to interact with our native flora and an inexpensive way to produce a lot of plants. The seeds of wild plants have very different needs than those of garden and vegetable species. Timing is crucial, and December and January are ideal for sowing the seeds of many species. In this webinar, Heather McCargo will describe the reproductive life cycle of many different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction and survival. She’ll describe simple outdoor seed sowing methods that anyone can use to grow their own seedlings. Cosponsored with Ecological Landscape Alliance Webinars fill up quickly, so register ASAP through Ecological Landscape Alliance to secure your spot!

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February 2021

Webinar “Winter Pruning”

February 13 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Proper pruning of trees and shrubs improves their health and structure while enhancing their appearance in the landscape. Join Anna Fialkoff in this one-hour webinar to learn basic pruning principles, including how to make proper cuts, when to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. Cosponsored with Native Plant Trust Click below to register through Native Plant Trust, and please make sure to choose the first field "Classes — Member of Cosponsor" to indicate that you were referred to this webinar via Wild Seed Project.

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Live Online Q&A Session for Members

February 17 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Members, we hope you’ll join us for a live Q&A session on Zoom! For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, executive director, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face. Members, please watch for our email Sunday, February 14, to register for the session.

Not a Member Yet? Become One Today!

Members are the root system of our organization, helping us grow and fulfill our mission. They also enjoy a 10% discount in our online shop, a free copy of our annual publication, and invitations to member events — like our monthly Q&A sessions.

Join our growing community — click here to become a member now!

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March 2021

“Rewild in 10 Action Steps” Virtual Presentation

March 4 @ 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) Virtual Conference & Eco-Marketplace As part of a two-day virtual conference, Anna Fialkoff will present, "Rewild in 10 Actions Steps:" Entomologist Douglas Tallamy identifies a minimum of 70% native plant biomass in our landscapes needed to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Wild seed Project recently launched an initiative that motivates people to meet this threshold through a holistic approach –  it is called rewilding and anyone can do it whether you have farmland, a yard in the suburbs, a hell strip in an urban neighborhood, or no land of your own. Anna will walk you through what it means to rewild in 10 action steps. Register for the ELA Virtual Conference & Eco-Marketplace.

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Webinar “Diversify Your Lawn”

March 23 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Who says lawns need to be monocultures or made only of grasses? Enrich the traditional lawn with other complementary plants that bloom at different times and add intrigue. Join Anna Fialkoff to learn how to identify the plants that already grow in lawn as "weeds," and to incorporate new plants that create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry. Cosponsored with Native Plant Trust Click here or below to learn more and register through Native Plant Trust. Please make sure to choose the first field "Classes — Member of Cosponsor" to say you were referred to this webinar by Wild Seed Project.

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April 2021

Webinar “Gardening with Nature”

April 8 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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In this two-hour webinar through Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Wild Seed Project's Anna Fialkoff will guide students through best garden design and management strategies that work in unison with nature, encouraging and embracing biodiversity and sustaining healthy, low-maintenance gardens.

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Maine Climate Planet Talk: Land Use

April 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Logos for Planeteers of Southern Maine and Kennebunk Free Library

The Planeteers of Southern Maine and the Kennebunk Free Library are co-hosting a live Planet Talk series to generate conversation, initiative, and action on Maine’s Climate Action Plan.

On April 13, Wild Seed Project’s Anna Fialkoff will join other groups on Zoom to present five-minute “lightning talks” about land use of farms, fields, and forests. Anna’s talk focuses on rewilding lawns, fields, and meadows to restore biodiversity and resiliency in the face of climate change.

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Live Online Q&A Session for Members

April 14 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Photograph of webinar on a laptop and a cup of coffee

Members, we hope you’ll join us for a live Q&A session on Zoom!

For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, executive director, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face.

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