Events at Heritage Farm

Join us for gardening and seed saving workshops at Heritage Farm. Learn from our knowledgeable staff, meet other gardeners, and support our mission to save America's heirloom seeds. We're often looking for volunteers to help with events too.

Winter on the Farm

December 10, 2016

Trade your gardening gloves for knitted mittens. It’s time for winter on the farm. Hot beverages, frosted trees, and dreams of next year’s flowers are sure to put a twinkle in your eye.

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Harvest Festival

October 15, 2016

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.

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Seed Stories Workshop

October 1, 2016

Every seed has a story to tell, but you have to ask the right questions in order to reveal it. This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the reasons for collecting oral histories, the best practices and guidelines for completing oral history projects, tips for sharing seed stories with the public, and more!

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Tomato Tasting

September 3, 2016

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.

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Benefit Concert

August 27, 2016

Join us for a concert under the stars & among the gardens with singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, joined by folk rock artists The Pines. Ticket sales support SSE's non-profit mission to protect and promote America's garden and food heritage.

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Cooking with Heirlooms

August 27, 2016

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.

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Community Appreciation Day

August 20, 2016

Join us for farm tours throughout the day and kick your heels up in the evening for an old-time barn dance.

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Seed School

August 19-21, 2016

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.

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Conference & Campout

July 15-17, 2016

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.

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Weed Dating

July 2, 2016

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.

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The Garden Ecosystem

June 4, 2016

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.

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Spring Garden School

May 7, 2016

Kick off the growing season with workshops to help you make the most of your garden space.

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Spring Plant Sale

May 7, 2016

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.

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Apple Grafting School

April 2 and 9, 2016

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.

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Start with a Seed

March 5, 2016

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.

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