2014 Calendar of Events




March 1: Lillian Goldman Visitors Center Opens





March 22: Spring Garden School* and Seed Swap

Prepare yourself for the growing season with workshops on garden design, seed starting, soil preparation and seed saving; swap seeds and scionwood with gardeners and orchardists in anticipation of Spring planting.





April 5 & 12: Apple Grafting & Tree Care Workshop*

Learn the ancient art of grafting and practice apple propagation with SSE staff. Discuss early tree care, training and pruning and take home a few grafted trees to begin your very own orchard. Learn more about grafting here.


May 3: Rare and Unusual Heritage Plant Sale

Discover old family heirlooms and historic commercial varieties offered exclusively at Heritage Farm. Join SSE staff to uncover the nearly-forgotten history of these plants and learn how SSE has preserved the seeds and their stories. This event also marks the start of SSE’s spring transplant sales at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. Stay after-hours from 5-8pm for a Heritage Barn Social featuring live music by artist Trish Bruxvoort Colligan and band.



June 21: Greg Brown Concert

Celebrate the summer solstice with Iowa’s favorite folk-musician, long-time friend and supporter of SSE, Greg Brown. Ticket sales support SSE’s non-profit mission to protect and promote America’s garden and food heritage. Get tickets here!




July 18, 19, 20: Annual Conference and Campout*

Join the SSE community at the 34th Annual Conference & Campout. This event brings together experts and amateurs to share seed saving knowledge, stories and enthusiasm. Speakers in 2014 include ethnoecologist Dr. Virginia Nazarea and Ogden Publications’ Bryan Welch. Learn more about this year's Conference




August 30: Tomato Tasting

Sample dozens of heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes, including rare varieties found only in SSE’s seed bank. Learn how to save seeds from summer/fall produce and grow some of these rare tomatoes in your own garden. Read about the 2013 Tomato Tasting here.




September 19, 20, 21: Three-day Seed Saving School*

Join experienced SSE staff for our most comprehensive seed saving workshop available. Practice plant isolation, hand-pollination, seed harvesting and seed cleaning while discussing the importance of saving seeds and preserving crop diversity in your own backyard. Read about the 2013 Seed Saving School here. Register here!




September 27: Fall Harvest School* and Harvest Festival

Enjoy the season’s bounty and participate in harvest-time activities like cider-making, canning, root-cellaring and (of course) seed saving. Workshops presented by SSE staff and regional partners. Read about the 2013 Harvest Festival here.






Heritage Farm is located six miles north of Decorah, Iowa, nestled among sparkling streams, limestone bluffs, and century-old white pine woods.



*Registration required. Registration links coming soon. Members receive a 10% discount.