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We're still working on our 2016 calendar of events - check back later for full details and registration. So far, here is what we have planned:
March 5 | Start with a Seed
Plant the seeds for a successful summer of gardening. This workshop will walk through the basics of at-home seed starting, from varietal selection to germination techniques.
April 2 + 9 | Apple Grafting / Apple School
Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. Discuss apple histories, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard.
May 7 | Spring Garden School and Plant Sale
Discover rare family heirlooms and historic commercial varieties offered exclusively at Heritage Farm. This is the first day of spring transplant sales at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. Ongoing workshops will help your garden bloom.
June 4 | The Garden Ecosystem
Fruitful gardeners know that producing healthy plants starts with a healthy environment. Learn best practices for improving soil quality, managing pests, and promoting pollinators during this hands-on workshop.
July 2 | Weed Dating
Lend a hand at Heritage Farm during this gardening field day. Dig up some weeds and uncover new friendships while enjoying a summer Saturday in Iowa.
July 15-17 | Conference & Campout
Cultivate community, knowledge, and an appreciation of seeds during the 36th Annual Conference & Campout. Gardeners, educators, and agricultural leaders will converge on Heritage Farm for a weekend of classes, tours, and great food.
August 6 | Cooking with Heirlooms
Savor the diversity of heirloom fruits and vegetables in this culinary workshop. Experience the garden with all of your senses as we sample new varieties and recreate classic recipes.
August 6 | Benefit Concert
Join us for a concert under the stars & among the gardens with singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, joined by folk rock artists The Pines and the ethereal voice of Pieta Brown. Ticket sales support SSE's non-profit mission to protect and promote America's garden and food heritage.
August 19, 20, 21 | Seed School
Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and save seeds while discussing the importance of preserving crop diversity in your own backyard. Discover how to engage your community in seed stewardship through seed libraries, seed swaps, and community gardens.
September 3 | Tomato Tasting
Sample dozens of heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes - including favorites and rare varieties from SSE’s seed bank - while learning how to save tomato seeds and put tomatoes away for the winter.
October 15 | Harvest Festival
Experience autumn’s bounty at Heritage Farm. Squash takes center stage this time of year, but save room for workshops on food preservation and seed saving.
December 10 | Winter on the Farm
Trade your gardening gloves for knitted mittens. It’s time for winter on the farm. Apple cider, frosted trees, and dreams of next year’s flowers are sure to put a twinkle in your eye.