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Past Walks, Talks & Workshops

September 2019

Propagation: Collecting and Growing Seeds at CMBG’s Bosarge Education Center

September 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Dr
Boothbay, ME 04537 United States
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$42 – $52

In this workshop, Heather McCargo will lead a hands-on class focused on native seed propagation, from ecologically responsible seed collection and storing procedures to germination techniques. Students will go seed collecting in the native plant gardens at CMBG and learn about setting up an outdoor propagation area at home. Participants will learn the best techniques for sowing natives, and each participant will take home several pots sown with seeds. 

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October 2019

Green & Healthy Maine Home + Energy Show

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
East End Community School, 195 North St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$6

The 1st annual Green & Healthy Maine Home + Energy Show​ is a one-day event taking place this fall in Portland that will connect the leaders in Maine's sustainable home and energy industries with homeowners who are looking for products and services. From solar power to heat pumps, air quality to air sealing, and electric vehicles to edible landscapes, you’ll find endless inspiration for creating your high-performing, green & healthy Maine home. Wild Seed Project will be an exhibitor at the 1st annual Green & Healthy Maine home +Energy Show, presented by Green & Healthy Maine Homes Magazine. Stop by to say hi and learn more about how you can green your yard and home with native plants!

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Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - October 24 @ 3:00 pm
Portland, ME Portland, ME United States + Google Map
$500 – $600

Back by popular demand, the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, in collaboration with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the City of Portland, is bringing the accreditation program back to Southern Maine. This training is ideal for landscapers, lawn care pros, garden caretakers, park and land trust managers, landscape architects, and educators who are interested in learning how to care for properties without toxic materials. Increasingly, landscapers are using this unique course to prepare themselves for the growing market of customers seeking nontoxic and organic landscaping services. Wild Seed Project's Executive Director, Heather McCargo will be presenting on Native Plant Selection for Ornamental and Ecological Function. For learning objectives and full schedule, visit www.organiclandcare.net.

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Collecting and Sowing Native Seed Workshop with Grow Native Massachusetts

October 26 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Camp Cedar Hill, 241 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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$52 – $62

Heather will discuss ecologically responsible collection practices and timing; proper seed handling and storage; and describe simple methods for setting up an outdoor propagation area. The program will also recommend books and other resources for native plant propagation, and give you practice sowing seeds in pots, which you will take home at the end of the program. Enrollment for this workshop is limited to 25. Make sure to reserve a spot soon!

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November 2019

ELA Season’s End Summit 2019

November 7 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Harvest Project Barn, 37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States
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$119 – $139

Regenerative landscapes consider the ecology of a site, draw upon the wisdom of natural systems, and enhance the surrounding environment for the benefit of humans and all other life in the ecosystem. Wild Seed Project's Heather McCargo will be leading a talk on Plant Partners: Reliable and Rewarding Plants for Challenging Sites.

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Growing Native Plants from Seed Workshop with Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

November 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Aldermere Farm Barn, 20 Russell Ave
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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$25 – $30

Join Heather McCargo, founder and Executive Director of Wild Seed Project, to learn how to produce a lot of Maine's native plants inexpensively and protect their genetic diversity by growing them from seed. Register by November 4th!

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December 2019

Going Native with Scarborough Adult Learning Center

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarborough High School Scarborough, ME United States + Google Map
$30

During this course you will view a slide show on why native species are critical to biodiversity, learn how native species have surprisingly different care needs from the flowers and vegetable plants you know, and will go home with several pots of sown native seeds. This is a fun way to welcome winter solstice or a great gift for the nature lover. Wild Seed t-shirts, hats, aprons and signs will also be available for purchase!

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Fall and Winter Native Seed Sowing Workshop

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Viles Arboretum Augusta, ME United States + Google Map
$25

This workshop is now SOLD OUT! In this workshop, Tracy Weber, a Wild Seed Project Seed Fellow, will lead a hands-on workshop in native plant propagation. It will focus on ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures, germination techniques, and seedling care. Tracy will explain how to set up a home or business outdoor nursery in pots or growing beds. Be prepared to dig your hands deep into the diversity of native seeds! Participants will go home with two pots sown with native seeds.

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Fall Native Seed Sowing Workshop with Maine Audubon

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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$20 – $30

In this workshop, Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project leads a hands-on experience in native plant propagation, from ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures to germination techniques. We will learn about perennial wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. Be prepared to dig your hands deep into the diversity of native seeds! Participants will go home with several pots sown with native seeds. Co-sponsored by Maine Audubon.  Members receive member discount. Register here to reserve a spot!

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Native Seed Ball Workshop

December 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Food Co-op, 290 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Native seed balls are a great way to disperse native seeds into areas devoid of nature. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about the many different seeds of native plants and which species can be successfully dispersed with this guerrilla planting technique. The cold months of fall, winter, and early spring are the best times to make and toss these balls outside.

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