By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The PREVIEW
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners are hosting Kelle Bruno, formerly of Seeds of Change Research Farm, who will present “Seed Saving: the Benefits and How-Tos.”
The presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the River Pointe Coffee House, 445 San Juan St., downtown on the river walk, Bruno’s discussion will cover basic seed saving for annual and biennial crops, how to do a germination test at home and the materials needed to save seeds.
Bruno worked on the Seeds of Change research farm in Espanola, N.M., for five years. Her duties included seed cleaning, crop trials and farm management. Previously, she and her husband, Keith (currently with Audubon Rockies), ran an organic farm and CSA operation in Bayfield for three years. Bruno also worked for Spring Mountain Growers as a greenhouse production assistant and was a residential and commercial landscaper in Durango for several seasons.
The “ownership” of seeds has been a controversial topic on a multinational level for the last five decades. The human race’s survival for thousands of years has been greatly dependent on the ability to save and replant seeds from year to year. Due to the advent of industrialized agriculture, major corporations now control the majority of our seed supply. Genetic crop diversity has declined from 7,000 to 150 plant species. According to the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico, this loss means that our food supply is reliant on a small selection of crops, making it more vulnerable to pests, diseases and changes in climate.
Led primarily by home gardeners, the growing movement of seed saving was devised to save and share heirloom and open pollination seeds that are in danger of extinction. The establishment of open source seed banks combined with an educational component can help communities build self-reliance, connection, and ownership of health and well-being.
Free and open to the public, the popular summer-long series is an avenue for learning and sharing of knowledge and experience. Please join us for this interesting discussion which will be followed by a question and answer period.
For more information, email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden.