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Going to Seed Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH Keynote Lecture for 4th Annual Seed Swap Jan 27

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network and Fairview Gardens Present:

Going to Seed
Bill McDorman of Native Seed/SEARCH
Keynote Lecture for 4th Annual Seed Swap
Friday, January 27 , 7pm-9:30pm, 2012
Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Gallery
Donation $5

Seed Saving is an ancient tradition with a lineage stretching back 12,000 years. But in less than a century's time, this once fundamental part of the human experience has largely disappeared. The transition from rural agrarianism to urbanization has led to increasingly fewer people growing and interacting with seeds*

Bill McDorman executive director Native Seed/SEARCH will be our Keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Seed Swap on Friday Jan 27. The tittle of his lecture will be Going to Seed.

Bill will discuss the sustainable agriculture movement and its lack of focus on the one aspect that can make it sustainable; the seeds. When did we stop saving seeds? And why?

Bill will unpack the history of how we got ourselves into this mess with a time line of events that will astound readers. From the initial USDA program
at the turn of the last century that mandated citizens receive heirloom seeds to a recent government dictate that leaves biotech companies "untouchable" Bill will guide attendees through an amazing series of events that make it clear why we DON'T save seeds.

After delivering the sad facts, Bill will turn everyone on their heels with stories that inspire and instruct. He will outline some of the basic concepts involved in seed saving and show how anyone at any level should begin this journey, and begin it now before we loose anymore diversity.

People everywhere are beginning to recognize the crucial link between humanity, the crops that sustain us, and embattled seeds. We are on the cusp of a seed saving renaissance -an not a moment too soon.*

As Bill has said in an recent article in Acres Magazine in Jan 2012 "The ultimate success of the seed diversity movement rests in the reeducation and involvement of the population at large"*

Bill McDorman is executive director of Native Seed/SEARCH http://www.nativeseeds.org/ a 28 year old Southwestern seed conservation organization based in tucson AZ. He is the founder of three seed companies, including Seed Trust http://www.seedstrust.com and author of Basic Seed Saving. He has been teaching classes in wild, edible and medicinal plants and seed saving for more than 30 years.

The event takes place on Friday, January 27, 7pm - 9:30pm, at the Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Galley 40 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara. CA 93101 $5 donation , no reservations required. More info; (805) 962-2571, margie@sbpermaculture.org

The program is sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network www.sbpermaculture.org as community service
with assistance by Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

Additional Info:

Seed School Workshop – with Bill McDorman
Saturday, January 28th, 9am – 4pm, at Fairview Gardens
Early Bird by January 20th – Early Bird Cost $85, after January 20th – $110.
Contact Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

4th Annual Seed Swap
Sunday Jan 29 11-3pm
Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library Faulkner Galley
40 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara. CA 93101

* Quotes from Recent Article
Sowing Revolution Seed Libraries Offer Hope for Freedom of Food by Bill McDorman and Stephen Thomas Acres USA January 2012 www.acresusa.com

MORE QUOTES from article

To restore our freedom over food, it is essential that every community have assess to a collectively owned treasure chest of seeds. Seed Libraries represent our best hope for reclaiming this independence. As an added benefit they boost regional biodiversity by encouraging the cultivation of new crop varieties adapted to local conditions. With global temperatures on the rise and financial markets plummeting , a robust network of community foodsheds to replace the shaky monolith of industrial agriculture has become imperative for human survival.

Only 4 percent of the commercial vegetables being grown in 1903 are still in cultivation today. In their place, vast fields of genetically modified corn, canola, cotton and soy now blanket the world's farmlands.multinational agribusiness like Monsanto and DuPont realized early on that control over seeds was the key to global domination of food supplies. Over the past two decades these industrial giants have aggressively swallowed up dozen of smaller seed companies in a cutthroat race for market domination.
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