Online: Introduction to Seeds

May 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa Clara City Library
Online: Introduction to Seeds @ Online

Human history and culture are intertwined with the plants we grow and the seeds we save. While this has always been the case, what was once considered common knowledge and foundational wisdom is slowly eroding away. This presentation focuses on the most fundamental portions of this knowledge: what is a seed, what does it take for a seed to germinate, the various forms of pollination and flowers, why people should save seed (and why they don’t), and the basic things a gardener needs to consider if they wish to steward seeds. A fun, information packed talk in which participants learn the basics of seed stewardship and sustainable gardening.

After attending this talk, participants should be able to:

1. Explain what it means to save and steward seeds, and why it’s important to do so.

2. Understand pollination mechanisms, botanical names, and how to preserve “true to type” seed.

3. Know what makes some seeds “easier” to save than others, and what the easy seeds are.

Speaker Rachel Kalauokalani is founder and president of Silicon Valley Seeds, an educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to teach on the subjects of organic gardening, seed stewardship, and food preservation. With expertise gleaned from years spent on the farm and in the garden, Rachel has turned her focus to building a vibrant community of gardeners and establishing a sustainable seed library system for residents of the south bay.