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 taught on November 12th. 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.
Dates: Below are the dates for Fall Year One (2016). Year Two (2017) to be determined
Fall Year One (2016):
November 5 Whole of Seed and You/Natural Observation
November 6 Soil Stewardship
November 12 In-Depth Class: Biodynamic Farming (Register by
November 19 Water Stewardship
November 20 Plant Stewardship/Our Fellow Beings
December 3 Seed Production
December 4 Abundant Exchange
All but the Biodynamic class will repeat in early 2017.
- $1000; payments can be made over a three-year period
- $800, if paid in one year
- Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships available for NM residents
- Single class $40, unless otherwise specified
Location: Classes will be held in Albuquerque, NM, and nearby locations
Registration: Deadline for registering is the day before the class starts, unless stated otherwise
- For additional information, please send an email with your name, address, phone number and email address to: email@example.com
- If you want to apply for a scholarship, please state this in your email.
The Whole of Seed Curriculum Track Options
The crop trials and grow-outs are one-on-one technical assistance at your location with our instructors during the three-year course cycle. For individuals not wanting a certificate for seed breeding, crop trials are not necessary. We will provide in-depth consultation. The technical assistance is free for students signing up through December 2017.