13th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair

This year’s 13th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair will be held on Saturday, February 10th, from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. This family-friendly event offers presentations on permaculture and related topics including local food, environmental and sustainable community initiatives, children’s activities and an opportunity for participants to plan gardens and stock up on organic seeds.

Schedule of Events

All Day:

The Caterpillar Lab, Seeds For Sale & Swap, Seed Art! Living Prayer Mandala, Activities for Children & Families, Tablers, Displays, Networking, café, Raffle

8:30 Doors Open
9:00 Welcome – Valerie Piedmont – Hive Space
9:30 – 10:30 Jonah Ruh Roberts: Medicinal Herbs for the Northeast Garden – Colony Room
9:30 – 10:30 Nicole Colvin-Griffin: Social Permaculture and Activism – Creating A New Way Together – Roxbury Room
9:30 – 11:00 Lionel Chute: Planetary Management: Principles and Consequences – Buckminster Room
9:45 – 11:15 Valerie Piedmont: Designing the Self – Green Energy Options
9:45 – 11:45 Marty Castriotta: Introduction to Permaculture – Wadsworth Room
11:00 – 11:45 Jodi Turner: Home is Where the Heart Is – Honey Bees & Pollinators – Roxbury Room
11:00 – 12:00 Dave Wichland: Mycological Landscaping: Breaking it all Down! – Colony Room
11:15 – 12:00 Lior Sadeh: Herbs in Biodynamic Preparation – Buckminster Room
11:45 – 12:00 Jennifer Close: Seed Blessing Circle – Hive Space
12:15 – 1:00 Solar Sisters Concert – Combined Roxbury & Wadsworth rooms
1:15 – 1:45 Tom Prunier: Kimchi Making – Wadsworth Room
1:15 – 2:00 Jean Balamuth: Vermiculture – Colony Room
1:15 – 2:15 Leslie Kreek: Planting Your First Vegetable Garden – Roxbury Room
1:15 – 2:15 Katherine Policy: Financial Permaculture – Buckminster Room
1:15 – 2:15 Jennifer Close: Powerful Potential: A Guided Drum Journey and Circle Discussion on Seeds – Green Energy Options
2:00 – 3:30 Tad Montgomery: A Call for a Connecticut River Watershed Bioregional Congress – Wadsworth Room
2:15 – 3:00 Doug Clayton: Getting Biochar into your Compost – Colony Room
2:30 – 3:15 Eric Zablowsky: Permaculture strategies for raising chickens! – Roxbury Room
2:30 – 3:30 Jan Lambert: Beavers: Nature’s Water Cycle Experts – Buckminster Room
3:30 Last Call for Raffle
3:30 – 4:00 Firebird Morris Dancers – Hive Space
4:00 Raffle Drawing

The celebration will focus on stewardship and other skills necessary for living well in a changing world. Topics include: mycological landscaping, biochar, permaculture design, bioregionalism, financial permaculture, vermiculture, beekeeping, making kimchee and tools for personal and planetary growth. There will be music and dance including a lunchtime concert. Our café features soups, stews and baked goods from local restaurants and kitchens, as well as Orchard Hill breads.

Over the years, farmers, gardeners, and activists working for sustainable communities have come to know this event as a great opportunity for networking and day-long fun. Your support enables us to make this event a success.



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