Learn With Us: Seed Conservation Training

Learn With Us: Seed Conservation Training

The Course

Join our Seed Conservation Training Day to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for starting your own seed conservation journey. Seeds are the foundation of all life, yet our reliance on supermarkets in spring limits our connection to this vital process. Our comprehensive course offers a holistic approach, combining theoretical understanding with practical skills in seed conservation. Through a full day of in-person training, you will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical aspects of seed conservation. We strongly believe in learning by doing, so once you acquire the necessary knowledge, we will take you to our wildflower crop, where you can witness and participate in seed collection. This hands-on experience, working alongside expert Debbie, is an invaluable introduction to the field of seed conservation.

Seed Conservation Training

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Dates: Friday 18th August 2023

Saturday 26th August 2023

Cost: £80 per person

Location: True Harvest Seeds – 36 Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, BT30 7NS

Details: Tea, coffee and biscuits provided, bring a pack lunch. Facilities and parking on site.

Your Facilitator

Debbie is the CEO of True Harvest Seeds and has been making high quality, scientific seed collection since 2014. Trained by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank she has banked over 330 wild flower and tree seed collections in the True Harvest Seed Bank as well as the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew. On site she keeps the seed bank, a crop of native wildflowers and an apiary of bees. With extensive experience in seed conservation, vegetable seed breeding and plant propagation she has a great wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge.

On The Day

The training day is delivered in two parts:
1. In the morning, we will gather in the polytunnel and look at some of the theory surrounding seed collecting and conservation. This is very much an opportunity to ask your questions!
2. In the afternoon, after lunch, we’ll go outside and show you how to make a scientific seed collection using our wildflower crop at True Harvest Seeds as an example. We’ll reconvene inside and look at initial cleaning, drying, and methods to go on with until storage.

Depending on weather we may need to change the times slightly to get the most out of the day.

What You’ll Receive

  • A full day with Debbie who has been making high quality, scientific seed collections for True Harvest Seeds since 2014. Trained by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank she has banked over 330 wild flower and tree seed collections in the True Harvest Seed Bank as well as the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew. She also has extensive experience in vegetable seed breeding and plant propagation.
  • We believe the best way to learn is to put your knowledge into practice, so you’ll get to see how to make seed collections from our wildflower crop. You will directly observe and learn various techniques in seed collection, cleaning, and storage. It will give you an idea of seed collection expeditions if you wish to join us on one in the future.
  • Comprehensive understanding of seed conservation principles, techniques, and best practices. Along with practical skills in seed collection, processing, storage. This means you can effectively conserve and manage your seed.
  • Knowledge that is applicable to your specific circumstance. Be it vegetable or wildflower seed, in situ (on-site) and ex situ (off-site) our core techniques give a solid foundation in seed conservation.
  • Learn how to preserve genetic diversity as part of your seed conservation. Understand the importance of genetic diversity and how to identify, collect, and preserve diverse seed samples.
  • Outline of ESCONET protocols so you can assess your plant population and make collections suitable for seed conservation.
  • Feedback and guidance from Debbie, our expert instructor. You can clarify doubts, seek advice, and ask questions. This direct interaction helps ensure you have a good understanding of seed conservation techniques. You can also discuss knowledge and experience with fellow participants.
  • Connect and chat with like-minded individuals in the field. After the training you will be invited to join a seed conservation group on Facebook. This platform will be a space to stay in touch and share experiences. With our seed conservation training you’ll have a common language to share your seed conservation efforts with fellow enthusiasts.
  • With a combination of theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and expert guidance we hope that you will feel confident to start conserving your own seed.
  • This training day will equip you with the knowledge to become a seed collector of high quality scientific collections, suitable for long term storage. As a lead collector of your own wild collection expedition you can ensure your collection will last for you until you need it.

Further Training

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer collector for True Harvest Seeds your name will stay with the collection in the vault for its lifetime – which can be hundreds of years! This option is available upon successful completion of the training. We will give you the necessary paperwork template and notes to take home.

Sign Me Up

To sign up for our course you can do so below, your order confirmation will serve as your ticket.

Sign up for Friday 18th August 2023

Sign Up for Saturday 26th August 2023

Additional Information

If you need any more information please email events@trueharvestseeds.org

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