“Why Save Seeds?” will be the next Natural Science Program at the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley on Sunday, August 19th from 2 – 4 pm., presented by Rosalie Deri, David King, and Lauren St. Germain.
Saving and sharing rare and heirloom seeds may seem like a hobby, but it is also important to maintaining control over our food supply. Since the 1900’s, seventy-five percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost, as farmers worldwide have stopped growing and saving their local varieties of seeds and planted genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. This loss means that our food supply relies upon a small selection of crops which are more vulnerable to pests, diseases, and changes in climate. Rosalie Deri, David King, and Lauren St. Germain of the Farmington Seed Savers group will talk about the history of seed saving, and how growing and saving organic and open-pollinated seeds locally is the best way to preserve diversity and develop plants that are adapted to our particular climate conditions. You will learn about how to begin saving seeds, and where to find helpful information and related resources. This workshop will be of interest to anyone, regardless of whether you are a gardener or not, as seed diversity so directly impacts our food supply. Come learn while having fun in a relaxed setting on the beautiful Orgonon property!
Sunday Nature Workshops are from 2 – 4 p.m. and are FREE of charge. Participants should meet at the Sheltered Classroom at the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley. Drive up the road to the museum. The Sheltered Classroom will be on the right of the trail marked “Tomb.” Dress appropriately for an outdoor presentation. Water and insect repellant are suggested. Everyone is welcome. FMI, call 864-3443.
This article was written by Rangeley News Hound