Spring Garden School - May 6, 2017

SKU: EVT0003
Explore Heritage Farm in the springtime during our Spring Garden School! During this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to start seeds, how to plan your garden for seed saving, and how to get started composting. We’ll also teach you all about saving seeds from tomatoes - a perfect crop for beginner seed savers.

This popular event will be hosted on the same day as our Heritage Plant Sale. Before or after the Spring Garden School, check out scores of rare varieties of transplants that will be available at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. Experts from our Preservation Department will be on hand to answer questions you might have about these garden treasures.

Instructor Profiles

Amy Holmgren

Amy is the Greenhouse Manager at Seed Savers Exchange. Amy’s job includes starting hundreds of varieties of plants from our Collection that will be transplanted into the fields for seed increase and evaluation. Amy also leads seed processing efforts within the Preservation Department.

Shea Conlan

Shea is the Education Outreach Coordinator at Seed Savers Exchange. She studied English and Horticulture at the University of Georgia and previously worked as an environmental educator at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Shea helps manage the Community Seed Resource Program and develops educational resources on seed saving.

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson grew up canoeing in the Boundary Waters, fly-fishing Wisconsin’s cold-water creeks and daydreaming about working in conservation - just like his grandfather did. He joined the Seed Savers Exchange Preservation team in 2012 after earning a PhD in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida. As the Head of Preservation, he coordinates a diverse team of farmers, historians, scientists, and educators working to document, preserve, and share Seed Savers Exchange’s collection of over 20,000 heritage varieties.

Jim Edrington

Jim is the facilities manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. His responsibilities at Heritage Farm include facilities management, livestock care and management of the 890 acre grounds. Jim and his wife live at Badger Ridge Shetlands, where they raise Shetland Sheep and a variety of heritage poultry.


  • 10:00 am - Starting and Transplanting Seeds
  • 11:00 am - Planning your Garden for Seed Saving
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Seed Saving with Tomatoes
  • 2:00 pm - Introduction to Composting


Vegetarian lunch provided

Directions and Parking

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

Refund Policy

We can offer full refunds up to seven days before the event. After that time, we are unable to refund your registration.

Lodging and Food

Why not make a weekend of your trip to Decorah?

  • Stay the night
  • Eat in town

  • Contact

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