Community Seed Saving Party and Potluck

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Community Seed Saving Party and Potluck . Join us for this fun and informative conversation and potluck with Ben Cohen, owner of Small House Farm; Jan Shireman, local homesteader and seed-saver; and Casey Chinnock of Five Springs Farm. Participants will share seeds and stories while we discuss how to build a stronger and more sustainable seed community. We’ll discuss the importance of genetic diversity, regional adaptability and the potential for starting a seed library right here in Benzie! We will also talk about forming a local seed guild and gauge interest on starting a seed production garden for our area!  Bring a dish to pass for the potluck and any seeds you might have to share in the seed exchange.
Ben Cohen is the owner of Small House Farm, a sustainable homestead project in Sanford, MI, where he is an heirloom seed activist and educator. Ben travels the Midwest sharing his passion for gardening and seed saving while also sharing seeds with everyone that he meets! He has helped to open nearly two dozen seed libraries in his home state and has grown seed crops commercially for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, the Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium and Annie’s Heirloom Seeds.
Who?
Farmers, beginning producers, retiring/transitioning producers, organic producers, specialty crop producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, small business owners
When?
Tuesday, October 24, from 6pm-9pm.
 
Where?
Grow Benzie Event Center 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115) Benzonia, MI 49616 **1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia **5 miles east of Frankfort **20 miles west of Interlochen **16 miles north of Bear Lake
Why?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency and in partnership with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, this workshop aims to share knowledge with producers to increase their viability and reduce financial, production, and marketing risks. Grow Benzie’s goal is to deepen relationships between organizations, farmers, and the community.
How Much?
Free!    Donations welcome.  RSVPs are not necessary.  Event will take place rain or shine.
Contact Info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510

 

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