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.
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Whole of Seed Course –  Class Dates 2017

Plant Stewardship & Native Crops
DATE: Saturday Feb. 25th
TIME: 9 am – 3 pm
INSTRUCTORS:  Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen and Brett Baker
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Seed Production
DATE: Sunday Feb. 26th
TIME: 9 am – 3pm
INSTRUCTOR: Joshua Cravens
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Water Stewardship
DATE: Saturday March 4th
TIME: 9 am – 2 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Christian Meuli
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Abundant Exchange
DATE: Sunday Mar. 5th
TIME: 9 am – 1 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Isaura Andaluz and Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen

Spring Intensive
DATES: March 17th, 18th and 19th

Water Stewardship Field Day in Edgewood
DATE: Saturday May 13th
INSTRUCTOR: Christian Meuli
LOCATION: Edgewood, NM

Single class $30 Suggested Donation
Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships available for NM residents
$800, if paid in one year
$1000; payments can be made over a three-year period

Money should be no barrier.  Please contact Cuatro Puertas.

Location:  909 Copper NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Registration:  Deadline for registering is Wednesday before the class starts, unless stated otherwise


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.


Valentine’s Day

Today, Valentine’s Day, the hours of sunshine has increased one hour from a month ago. The kale, annual arugula and lettuce have fully awoken to bask in the sunlight.  Growing rapidly, they fill our plates with fresh greens.  Blooming violets, hellebore, winter jasmine and daffodils brighten the day, as the moon begins to wane.


Dream, Plan, Eat and Celebrate!


” Strive to be worthy of the possibilities that sleep in the clay of your heart.”
— John O’Donohue

Today is the eve of the winter solstice; the rebirth of the sun.  The frozen ground celebrates as it waits for tree seeds to be planted now.  The cold stratification will trigger them out of dormancy when the time is right, to unite with the soil and become the trees they are dreaming about.  Every seed is a vessel containing the past and the future.

The word yule is an old Scandinavian term meaning “wheel.”  It refers to the  turning and returning of the cycles.  Now is when we celebrate going inside to meditate, assess this year, and think about what we harvested. As William Blake said, ” In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”

In three weeks the earth returns to 10 hours of daylight, when we can begin planting other things again.  Continue to get down on your hands and knees, and observe what is growing.  So dream, plan, eat and celebrate.