Seed Saving Workshop w. Owen Taylor

Date & Time
June 10, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Seed Saving Workshop w. Owen Taylor

Keeping seeds connects us to our past and to our collective future. Come explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of saving seeds and the stories they hold through discussion and hands-on practice. We begin with telling the stories embodied in our ancestors’ seeds, and discussing the current political context which makes seed keeping so essential. We’ll briefly explore important concepts for saving seeds such as flower anatomy, isolation distance, and taxonomy. Following the discussion, we will work hands-on spending the bulk of the time cleaning both wet and dry seeds using common items from the kitchen.

About the Instructor

Owen Taylor recently launched Truelove Seeds, a seed company that offers rare, open-pollinated, and culturally important vegetable, herb, and flower seeds grown by urban and rural farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture. Aside from coordinating and mentoring this group of farmers, he also grows open-pollinated seeds, herbs, and flowers at Mill Hollow Farm in Edgemont, Pennsylvania, west of his home in Southwest Philadelphia. On the farm, growers from Philly, New York City, and beyond practice keeping seeds and building sovereignty. He runs the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, facilitating seed swaps and workshops in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and other groups. Before all of this, and following a decade of working with food justice organizations in San Francisco, New York City, and Philadelphia, Owen Taylor managed William Woys Weaver’s historic Roughwood Seed Collection in Devon, Pennsylvania, for four years.

Accessibility Notes: This event will be held in our heated yurt. Our outdoor kitchen is currently under construction and the yurt is not easily accessible by wheelchair.We have one accessible parking spot in our lot, however please leave time to find street parking if needed, as our lot fills up quickly. If you anticipate needing special assistance, please email We would be happy to assist you. FM receivers are available for those hard of hearing.