Seed School (In the Garden 2018 Episode 9)

Original Air Date: June 30, 2018

Seed School

Today we are talking with Bill McDorman of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance located in Ketchum, Idaho. Bill is presenting a six-day “Seed School” at Sterling College up in Craftsbury Common. This is an immersion course, August 5th through 10th. The course covers both the mechanics of seed saving and breeding as well as the politics of seeds.  I like the Bumper Sticker “No Farms-No Food” and I think it is safe to add, “No Seeds- No Farms – No Food”.  Seeds is where it all begins. Now we know it is the chicken or the egg it’s the seed that came first.

Questions! 

You can tell I’ve been reading your syllabus!

  1. What is a Seed Citizen?
  2. Tell us about the Seed School you are teaching at Sterling College.
  3. Can you put this in Context both Locally, and Globally?
  4. What does it mean to “explore the appropriate scale of seed saving?
  5. Have you heard about the Gilfeather Turnip bred here in Vermont?
  6. What are a few good varieties for a small gardener to start with?
  7. How can a small gardener help to keep our Heritage seeds?
  8. I watched the documentary “Seeds: The Untold Story” and saw what you referred to as “Mother Corn” my question is how, how the heck did you get a hold of that corn?
  9. How do you ‘own’ a seed?  If you can, I’d like to own dandelions!
  10. One of our local bakeries, Red Hen Bakery, offers a bread made with an old grain called Cyrus Pringle.

For answer to these questions please listen to the Podcast.  For more information on the Seed School seminar at Sterling College call (802) ​586-7711 or go to their website https://sterlingcollege.edu/ and get details there. 

That’s it for this week, thanks for listening.  See you on the radio next week July 7, 2018.  We will be preempted July 14th by an early game with the Toronto Blue Jays.