33rd Annual Seed Savers Exchange Conference and Campout: Learning, Good People, Good Times

Reader Contribution by Soli Salgado
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Gardening amateurs and experts alike have an opportunity to share seed-saving knowledge and participate in related activities at the 33rd Annual Seed Savers Exchange Conference and Campout, July 19 to 21, at Heritage Farm near Decorah, Iowa.

Internationally celebrated ethnobotanist, author, and activist Gary Paul Nabhan will keynote, speaking about the threat climate change poses to food production. This year’s conference also includes four additional leaders in the seed saving and heirloom gardening world, with topics ranging from patent protection to growing edible gardens.

Not only can attendees listen to an array of informative speeches, but they can also choose from more than a dozen workshops that are beneficial for both the beginning and experienced gardener. Workshop topics include seed saving, information on Seed Savers Exchange, community seed projects, and general gardening.

Also planned for the weekend are numerous activities, including a seed swap, nature walks, garden, facilities and historic orchard tours, a barn dance, cooking beans in a traditional New England Bean Hole, trout fishing, camping, delicious local food, an outdoor movie, and “Dig and Discover” youth activities. For the first time at the annual conference, Seed Savers Exchange is inviting SSE members to arrive early on July 19 for a members-only Field Day, consisting of behind-the-scenes tours of Heritage Farm as well as membership discussions with SSE staff and board members.

The conference is open to the general public, with registration fees starting at $75 for Seed Savers Exchange members and $100 for non-members. Single-day registration is also available. Space is limited and fees increase July 1, so register now if interested. For more information, including a schedule and to register, click here.