The Whole Seed Returns

The Whole of Seed – offered by Cuatro Puertas, Albuquerque, NM

Seed saving has reached stardom status.  Everyone wants to learn how to save their seeds, yet seed is only one link in an entire system.  To successfully pass seeds on to future generations, we need to understand how the system functions and where we fit in it before the seed is even planted.

Join us for a few classes or a two-year adventure in learning about seeds.  Experience them through a hands-on approach, with you in the driver’s seat.  For those wanting to become community seed breeders, a third year of instruction is required.  Successful completion will provide our local communities with seed breeders who can be contracted for seed production.

The course starts with an agro-ecological overview in which you will learn to design your farm or garden into a sustainable, productive system that is sensitive to your location and resources.  From there, we will move into the development of seed from botany, plant physiology, pollination, plant selection and seed harvesting.  Each student will work with at least one variety over the three-year period for their seed breeding project.

The course is self-paced, meaning that you do not have to complete the program in two or three years.  Go at your own speed and comfort level, and feel free to retake classes you already paid for.  The core classes will repeat in early spring and fall.

The course will be taught by local and national experts in various fields including permaculture, beekeeping, seed breeding, culinary arts, orchard production and livestock.  Course basics include the following systems:

  • Foundation: Soil, plant basics, pollinators, fruit trees and shrubs, resource conservation
  • Plants and Seeds: Plant diversity; development of varieties acclimated to our local environments
  • Economics of Farming and Seeds: History, social justice, economic viability, politics of seeds and legal implications

In-depth classes will include advance level courses such as organic seed production, and other interesting courses such as the Biodynamic class.  For these classes, there is no guarantee they will repeat annually, as we want to expose students to as many aspects of agriculture and related subjects as we can.

All Classes will be held at 909 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 unless otherwise indicated.

Watch for the late summer and fall classes to be posted by July 1st.

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