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Seed cleaning workshops offered

Oct 1st, 2014 | Category: News

ISLAND – Two seed workshops will be held this month, showing participants how to clean and save them, specifically grains, beans, root vegetables and more.

Seed Cleaning Techniques and Equipment Training Workshop will take place at Greenbank Farm on Monday, Oct. 6, when Organic Seed Alliance’s Micaela Colley and Laurie McKenzie will show seed harvest from threshing to final cleaning. The workshop includes the use of an Almaco small belt thresher and Clipper air-screen seed cleaner (now available for rent to regional growers through Greenbank Farm). The workshop will cover a range of vegetable crops and discussion on how regional growers can most effectively harvest and clean their seed crops at a range of scales. Demonstrations of both small equipment and hand scale threshing and cleaning will be on site. The workshop will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and costs $5 per person. Participants can register at www.seedalliance.org/events or email trainingcenter@greenbankfarm.com with questions.

“Seed Saving Workshop Part 2: Dry Processing” will be held Sunday, Oct. 12 with Katie Wilkins, the market grower for Coffelt Farm on Orcas Island. Participants will learn how to stomp, thrash, shuck, beat, and winnow your way to a nice clean bunch of seed for crops like beans, corn, small grains, root vegetables, brassicas, and more. Discussion will also include useful tools and techniques, basic growing and pollination needs. The workshop will take place at Coffelt Farm from 10 a.m. to noon. A $5 donation is suggested to cover material costs. RSVP at (360) 376-3410 or stewards@coffeltfarm.org.

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