Seed saving course


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Heirloom and other Open-pollinated Varieties

Friday, 26. July. 2013

When: June 8, 2013 – June 9, 2013
Where: Sunseed Desert Technology,
Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, Almeria, Spain
Cost: 50 €Course Fee
Accomodation and Food if wanted: 50 €
Contact: Clara Ruiz de Gauna

Bernhard Hartbeansl and Sunseed’s organic garden staff invite you to a weekend workshop of seed saving:

With the widespread use of hybrid and modern varieties and the dominance of a few multinational seed companies, we experience an incredibly rapid loss in diversity in our gardens and on our plates. Learn how to select and save your own seeds from different varieties of veggies and aromatics: adapt your varieties to your personal choices and your garden’s needs, maintain and enhance productivity, save money on seeds, interchange with fellow gardeners, become independent from the availability of one or another variety and the international seed business, contribute to the preservation of our cultural and enjoy a closer connection with and deeper understanding of your plants and garden.

Topics covered:

GMOs, hybrids, heirlooms – what is that all?
Plant taxonomy: family-genus-species-variety
Basic plant physiology: flowers, pollination
Avoiding cross pollination and maintaining your varieties pure
Proper harvesting, cleaning and storage of your seeds

This workshop does not require previous knowledge and skills – it helps to have gardening experience.

The weekend course consists of 12 hours of theory and practice, presentations, chats, garden walks and practical examples of hand pollination, seed cleaning, building an isolation cage and lots more. It is held in English. Workshops in Spanish are available at different dates.

Bernhard Hartl is an Austrian horticulturist, biochemist and veg enthusiast. He lives and grows veggies, fruit, herbs and ornamentals in Spain since 2004 and works with plants on a professional level since 1998 (nursery, pruning, horticulture, landscaping). His original training as a biochemist and microbiologist led him to a deep understanding of plants, their physiology and functioning.

Bernhard is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

Heirloom varieties, rare and exotic veggies and seed saving are Bernhard’s special interest since he has been working in an organic seed company in Austria in 2004.

The workshop starts Friday after dinner and finishes with lunch on Sunday. Participation fee is 100 €, including full vegetarian food and board. Limited number of participants.
Booking conditions for all courses and Workshop

This course will be run in English! You need no previous experience or knowledge to join a course with us – all are welcome. In addition to learning lots of new things you will also be part of a low impact community in the beautiful surroundings of Los Molinos del Rio de Aguas in Southern Spain. FOR JOINING A COURSE BOOKING IS NEEDED

Refunds up to two weeks prior to course (minus admin fee).
No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course.
If there’s not a minimum of bookings, course will canceled and refunds will be 100%.
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