Plant Stewardship & Native Crops
DATE: Saturday Feb. 25th
TIME: 9 am – 3 pm
INSTRUCTORS: Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen and Brett Baker
PLACE: 909 Copper NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Plant Stewardship and Native Seed Crops
This class will provide an in-depth look at the botany of seeds and their flowering plants. Starting with basic plant botany and the importance of flowers, especially for pollinators and seed saving. Native Seed Crops is an overview of approaches and responsibilities for conserving native southwestern crops. What makes a crop “native”? How does one respectfully collect seeds? What is the history of native seed banks in NM? What is the cultural value of seeds? Traditional techniques for planting, irrigating, selection, and storage for successful crop conservation will also be covered for you to start planting this season. Includes short presentation, friendly and thorough discussion, and hands-on seed activities.
Koby is a whole systems and seeds designer, instructor and researcher. She has been farming and gardening for over 10+ years in various climates from Minnesota to California. With a permaculture teaching certificate as well as a Masters in Regional Planning for Local Seed Systems, she aims to increase thorough land stewardship through seed regeneration.
Brett has extensive experience collecting and growing native seeds. In 1980 Brett worked with the Seed Saver’s Exchange collecting traditional farmers’ corn, bean, squash, melon and chile seeds. He then joined the board of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute and worked with the Ohkay Owingeh Seed Project, Talavaya Seeds, and High Desert Research Farm. Brett then pestered Native Seeds/SEARCH of Tucson until they hired him, while sneaking as many native seeds as possible onto the UNM campus as a member of the Landscape Flower Crew. Now retired from the NMDA Organic Program, he is working with Cuatro Puertas conserving seeds and pursuing further mischief.