37th Annual Conference & Campout

37th Annual Conference & Campout - July 14, 15, 16


Cultivate community, knowledge, and an appreciation of seeds during the 37th annual Conference & Campout. Each year in July, gardeners, educators, and leaders in the seed world gather at Heritage Farm for a weekend of workshops, tours, inspiring keynote speakers, community, and great local food.

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Schedule

Heritage Farm Field Day - Open to all Conference & Campout registrants - Separate registration required

    8:00 am - 12:00 pm Heritage Farm Field Day Registration

  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am

  • Hayride Tour to Heritage Farm Upper Gardens, Option I - limit 40 participants - first come, first served
  • 10:00 am

  • Welcome by Diane Ott Whealy
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Group Tours, Round I: Preservation, Seed House, and South Farm Tours
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Group Tours, Round II: Preservation, Seed House, and South Farm Tours
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Group Tours, Round III: Preservation, Seed House, and South Farm Tours
  • 2:30 - 3:30

  • Hayride Tour to Heritage Farm Upper Gardens, Option II - limit 40 participants - first come, first served
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Seed Swap - Bring your seeds to share!
  • Membership Booth - details coming
  • Round Table Discussions - details coming
  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hayride Tour to Heritage Farm Upper Gardens, Option III - limit 40 participants - first come, first served

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Conference Registration

6:30 pm Optional Dinner - separate registration required

  • 9:00 pm

  • Bonfire

Schedule subject to change

8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open

  • 8:00 am

  • Breakfast
  • 9:00 am

  • Morning Keynote
  • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Workshops
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Workshops
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Afternoon Keynote
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Workshops
  • 5:00 pm

  • Seed Swap
  • Vegetable Tasting
  • Book Signing
  • 5:30 pm

  • Dinner
  • 7:00 pm

  • Evening Keynote
  • 8:00 pm

  • Hayride
  • 8:30 pm

  • Barn Dance with Western Home String Band
  • 9:00 pm

  • Bonfire

Schedule subject to change

  • 7:00 am

  • Bird Walk
  • Yoga Session
  • 7:30 am

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Workshops
  • 11:15 am

  • Sunday Keynote
  • 12:30 pm

  • Lunch

Schedule subject to change

Keynote speakers

Sean Sherman, owner/CEO, The Sioux Chef

Minneapolis-based chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking in MN, SD & MT for the last 27 years. In the last few years, his main culinary focus has been on the revitalizing of indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context. Sean has studied the knowledge of Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, land stewardship, salt and sugar making, hunting and fishing, food preservation, Native American migrational histories, elemental cooking techniques, and Native culture and history. In 2014, he founded a catering and food education business, The Sioux Chef. In 2015, in partnership with Dana Thompson and the Little Earth Community of United Tribes in Minneapolis, he designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, featuring pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. A Seed Savers Exchange board member, Sherman has been featured in many articles and radio shows for his tireless efforts to make indigenous foods more accessible to all.

Hank Will, Ph.D., editorial director, Ogden Publications

Hank Will, born Oscar H. Will III but called Hank from his middle name, is the great-grandson of Oscar H. Will, founder of the legendary Oscar H. Will Seed Company. Popular writer, speaker, advocate and leader, Hank is currently Editorial Director of Ogden Publications and Editor-in-Chief of Mother Earth News and Heirloom Gardener. Hank is a business leader, academic and practitioner devoted to conservation and sustainable agriculture with decades of experience in high-profile academic and publishing positions.

Lee Reich, Ph.D., agricultural scientist and “farmdener”

Lee Reich, PhD dove into gardening decades ago, initially with one foot in academia, as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and Cornell University, and one foot in the field, the organic field. He eventually expanded his field to a farmden (more than a garden, less than than a farm) and left academia to lecture, consult, and and write. He is a book author and a syndicated columnist for Associated Press. Besides providing a year ‘round supply of fruits and vegetables, the farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative growing techniques. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin his work. His goal is to get more people to grow more food sustainably and organically.

Joy Hought, executive director, Native Seeds/SEARCH

Joy Hought leads Native Seeds/SEARCH’s efforts to conserve the rich agro-biodiversity of the arid Southwest. The nonprofit organization maintains 2,000 varieties of arid lands-adapted seeds in its seed bank in Tuscon, Arizona, and promotes the use of these ancient crops by distributing seeds to traditional communities and gardeners worldwide. Hought joined Native Seeds/SEARCH in 2012 as educational coordinator before becoming collections manager in 2015. She holds a master’s degree in agroecology and plant breeding from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has also studied seed science, crop genetic resources, and plant breeding at the University of Copenhagen.


Price

Adult Conference Registration, age 14+

All Sat/Sun meals included: Sat breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sun breakfast, lunch + snacks throughout

$195 (Seed Savers Exchange members receive 10% discount)


Youth Conference Registration, ages 6-13

Includes participation in youth program, Dig & Discover

All Sat/Sun meals included: Sat breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sun breakfast, lunch + snacks throughout

$60 (Seed Savers Exchange members receive 10% discount)

Children under 6 get in free, no programing


Heritage Farm Field Day

Includes vegetarian lunch

$30 (Seed Savers Exchange members receive 10% discount)


Optional Friday Evening Meal - separate registration required

$10


T-shirt - online pre-sales only, pick up at registration - separate registration required

$18

Lodging

Camping

$25/site for Friday and Saturday night

$15 additional/site for Thursday night

Thursday check-in available only from 3:00-7:00pm

Max 6 people per site

Primitive sites, no shower or electricity


Luther Dorms

$170 per room, double occupancy. Price includes both Friday and Saturday night

$100 per room, single occupancy. Price includes both Friday and Saturday night

Any children that stay in their parents’ room and bring their own sleeping bags and pillow/linens can stay for free.

FAQs

  • Is there a deadline?

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Deadline : Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
  • Refund/Cancellations

  • We understand that plans can change. Full refunds are available before June 14. A 50% refund is available until July 7th. Refunds are not available after July 7th.
  • Checking In

  • Where is the registration table?
    • The registration table will be on the east porch of the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center.
  • Do I need to check in first?
    • Yes, please check in first thing when you arrive.
  • What will I get at check in?
    • You will receive a name tag and a welcome packet with conference schedule and information.
  • Saturday Only?

  • There is one registration price for the whole Sat/Sun conference, with meals included. There are no split options.
  • Friday Only?

  • If you’d like to sign up for Heritage Farm Field Day only, please call our customer service line 563-382-5990.
  • Meals

  • All Sat/Sun meals included: Saturday - breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday - breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All meals have vegetarian options. Friday night meal is available for purchase through online registration.
  • Youth

  • Youth registration (ages 6-13) includes participation in the Dig and Discover program and all Sat/Sun meals. Children under 6 are ineligible for the youth activities, but are welcome to “shadow” their parents for the weekend, free of charge.
  • What should I bring?

  • Bring seeds for the seed swap, a water bottle to refill, a yoga mat if you plan to participate in Sunday morning yoga, and anything you need to be comfortable and protect yourself from the weather (sun screen, hat, etc.)
  • Do I need to sign up for workshops ahead of time?

  • No, there is no sign up for workshops. You will receive the final workshop schedule when you arrive and may choose which workshops to attend as you go.

  • How do I get there?

  • Heritage Farm is just outside Decorah, Iowa. Getting here is pretty straight-forward: Google Map
  • Where do I park my car?

  • Parking is available on upper campus, 3094 North Winn Road, the third Seed Savers Exchange driveway coming from Highway 52. Signs will direct you to the parking area.
  • What if I have trouble walking on uneven ground?

  • There will be a shuttle available to bring guests from the upper campus parking lot to lower campus for registration. There are also a number of handicapped-accessible parking spaces near the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center.
  • Can I bring my pet?

  • We discourage bringing pets at any time during a Seed Savers Exchange event in consideration of all of our guests. Service animals are allowed.

  • Lodging is not guaranteed unless purchased ahead of time

  • Is Camping allowed?

  • Yes. There are spaces for tent camping. Small campers are also allowed. Camping sites are $25 for Fri/Sat evening and an additional $15 for Thurs evening. Each site can hold up to 6 people. Camping will be in our Heritage Orchard, so individual fires will not be allowed. However, there will be a communal bonfire on Friday and Saturday evening on lower campus..
  • Can I bring my own food and drink?

  • Yes. All Saturday and Sunday meals are included in the ticket price, but feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks to the event as well.
  • Will food and drink be available for purchase?

  • Registration includes Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch. Registration for Heritage Farm Field Day includes Friday lunch.
  • Optional Friday evening meal must be purchased online by July 7.
  • Snacks will be available Friday night and throughout the Conference at no extra charge.
  • Coffee, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available free of charge.
  • Wine and beer will be available for purchase Friday and Saturday evening.
  • Will Heritage Farm be open to the public?

  • Lillian Goldman Visitor Center will be open to the public. Workshops and events will be open to paid registrants only.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

We understand that plans can change. Full refunds are available before June 14. A 50% refund is available until July 7th. Refunds are not available after July 7th.


Directions

Heritage Farm is just outside Decorah, Iowa. Getting here is pretty straight-forward.


Why not make a weekend of your trip to Decorah?

Stay the night

Eat in town

Customer Support

Questions? Need Help?

Our customer service will happily help you with whatever you need!

Send a note or call 563.382.5990