7th Annual Seed School

Join gardeners from all over the country for a weekend of seeds, stories, and great food! | SKU: EVT006

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  • August 16-18, 2019
  • Event at Heritage Farm
  • Lunches provided (Friday-Sunday)
  • Light snacks will be served throughout the weekend

Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and save seed 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.

During Seed School, photos/video may be taken. By attending Seed School, you authorize Seed Savers Exchange to use your likeness in future digital, print, and social media content. Your image will not be sold and will only be used for the promotion of our nonprofit mission.

Scholarships Available! View scholarship information below to learn more and access the scholarship application. Scholarship applications must be received by July 19th.

Event is Full


Join gardeners from all over the country for a weekend of seeds, stories, and great food.

Students will graduate from the three-day seed school with the confidence to grow, harvest, store, and save seeds, engage with their communities through seed libraries, seed swaps, and gardens, and discuss the importance of preserving crop diversity.

This annual event draws seed savers, gardeners, orchardists, and scholars from all around the country. The workshop is full of practical knowledge, hands-on activities, and plenty of time in the garden. All students will receive a copy of The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving.

Friday, August 16th, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Please plan on arriving to the Heritage Farm by 9:30 AM Friday morning. We will hit the ground running on Friday by learning about how anatomy and other key traits of vegetable, flower, and grains dictate how to grow, care for, and harvest seeds from different crop types. Also look forward to behind the scenes tours of our evaluation gardens, seed processing facilities, and our seed vault.

Saturday, August 17th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On Saturday we will be learning the technical aspects of seed saving through hands on workshops about isolation, hand pollination, processing wet and dry crops, and storing seeds. Participants will also visit our Heritage Orchard to learn about saving apples.

Sunday, August 18th, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We will spend Sunday at the Pepperfield Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping individuals improve their lives through educational cooking and gardening programs. Our guide will be the project’s co-founder, David Cavagnaro. David was SSE’s first farm manager when we began our seed regeneration program in the late 1980s and is thus an expert seed saver. Seed school will conclude with a delicious locally sourced meal.

We have four scholarships available for educators active in sustainable agriculture and seed saving. Scholarships will cover the full $250 registration fee. Recipients cover their own travel and lodging.

View the scholarship application

This scholarship was made possible by North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) in Iowa.

Lunches provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Light snacks will be served throughout the weekend.

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

    If you have questions about this event, contact our customer service staff:

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  • Call us at 563-382-5990