The Hawaii Public Seed Initiative will hold its first “Seed Basics Workshop for Farmers and Gardeners” on Kauai, November 6-7, 2011. The 2-day Workshop is designed to create a practical working knowledge of seed growing, botany and biology, selection, harvesting, cleaning, and saving of various types of seed.
For more information and to register for the workshop, go to The Kohala Center Seed Basics Workshop.
Background on the Public Seed Initiative:
The Kohala Center (TKC) will launch a statewide Public Seed Initiative in Hawaii. The initiative will consist of workshops on each of the five main Hawaiian Islands, with two workshops scheduled on each island over the course of the next two years.
The goals of the project are to increase the community’s knowledge of and practical experience with seed production. The first round of workshops will focus on introductory seed biology and on how to grow, harvest, and save varieties of lettuce and a wet seeded crop. Two-day workshops will include both lecture presentations and hands-on fieldwork at demonstration farms, so participants can practice harvesting, cleaning, and storing fresh seed. Strategies to account for differences in elevation, weather patterns, and rainfall will be discussed.
One of the future goals of the Public Seed Initiative is to work with island organizations to develop an island seed bank for gardeners and farmers.
Click for more information on The Kohala Center.