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Sustainable Ag Lecture Series - Winter 2014

Each term, the Center for Sustainability hosts a public lecture and/or event highlighting topics in sustainable agriculture, food or resource management.

"Reclaiming Seed:
Why and How to Strengthen the Role of Farmers in Our Seed Systems

Wednesday, February 5th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ludwick Community Center
corner of Santa Rosa & Mill St., San Luis Obispo
FREE and Open to the Public

Speaker Jared Zystro,
California Research and Education Specialist
Organic Seed Alliance


The SLO Seed Exchange and the Center for Sustainability are co-sponsoring this special lecture event, preceding by a seed saving workshop at Windrose Farm


This lecture will look at the fascinating history of seed saving and how seed saving systems have changed over the centuries from the founding of our country. It will address how modern food systems have transformed the role of farmers in seed saving and highlight how promising alternative models are evolving to reinvigorate farmers and community participation in the vital act of seed saving.


Preceding the evening lecture, a day-long organic seed saving workshop,

Fundamentals of Organic Seed Production will be held at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles from 10am-4pm.
FREE and Open to the Public

Learn fundamental skills for producing organic seed. Topics of instruction include: the biology of seed production, seed harvesting and cleaning, choosing appropriate seed crops for your system and climate, maintaining the genetic integrity of varieties with appropriate population sizes and isolation distances, conducting variety trials, and basic on-farm breeding techniques.

Directions to Windrose Farm can be found at:

For more information, e-mail or call 805-756-5086.