MWSS 2019 Schedule – Friday 2/22

Friday, February 22map

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Registration

Library & Technology Center

 

9:00 – 9:40 a.m.

Opening Ceremony and Welcome

Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

 

9:40 – 11:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Climate Healing from the Ground Up

Charles Eisenstein    Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

Climate change is part of a broader ecological crisis that includes species extinction, habitat loss, and other serious environmental concerns. This crisis is calling us to a deeper kind of revolution—it requires a new (and ancient) story for humanity to live by. In this talk, Charles will discuss the depth and meaning of this critical moment. With a focus on regenerative agriculture, seed saving, and other strategies, he will present an inspiring vision of the ways we can all help heal the planet and create a more beautiful world, from the ground up.

 

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.

Radical Radicles

Moderator:  Don Tipping

Panel: Casey O'Leary, Miguel Santistevan, Rich Pecoraro, Rebecca Newburn  •  Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

Radical seed savers share their knowledge amassed over many years and through various seed experiences perspectives. Gain insight into their lessons learned and how they are now taking these lessons to the street.

 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK with Bioregional Breakouts and Grain Literacy

Center for Lifelong Education, Cafeteria, Lobby and Commons

Commons room will host seed discussions by bioregion with groups including Alpine, Aridlands, and Pacific Northwest among others to be crowdsourced by participants.

 

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Radical International Seed Saving Projects

Moderator: John Caccia

Panel: Panagiotis Sainatoudis, Indra Shekhar Singh, Sefra Alexandra, and Sarah Montgomery  •  Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

Learn from the leaders and participants of prominent international seed saving organizations and initiatives. Panelists will share the scope of their work in Greece, India, the South Pacific and Guatemala with a focus on their current projects.

 

Heritage Grains: Supporting a New Wave of Old Grains

Moderator: Lee-Ann Hill

Panel: Steve Alston, Joseph Lofthouse, and Jody Pugh and Diane Pratt of the Los Luceros Grain Team •  Center for Lifelong Education, Commons

Heritage grain trialists will share their experiences in the rising movement of heritage grain production with a focus on action items and lessons learned for those considering a move into heritage grains.

 

Our Continuum of Native Plants

Sylvia Rains Dennis  •  Center for Lifelong Learning, Classroom 1

Learning about our natural surroundings includes improving our awareness of the ecological history of native plants. Using examples from the northern New Mexico landscape, we will discuss the life stages, diversity, and habitat of plant communities with attention to their impacts on pollinators/wildlife, agriculture, and restoration.

 

Small-Scale Retail Seed Production

Sebastian Aguilar  •  Center for Lifelong Education, Classroom 2

Are you considering growing and selling seed commercially? This session will look at the opportunities and challenges of producing small to mid-size lots of unique seed varieties  for leading seed retailers. Topics will include reviewing different markets and scales, equipment needs, and how to choose the right crops for efficiency and success with a focus on finding economic sustainability. Commercial seed production has risks, like most other farm endeavors, but with good planning and analysis you can enhance your chances of success.

 

Box Fan Seed Clean-Off

Casey O'Leary, Don Tipping  •  Parking lot outside of the Center for Lifelong Education (Outside-dress accordingly!)

Among many small-scale seed producers, the humble box fan is one of the most ubiquitous, simple tools we use to clean seeds. Watch three experienced box fan seed cleaners demonstrate their unique techniques side by side, and gain some new seed cleaning tips for yourself!

 

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Young Seed Stewards Rising

Moderator: Emily Arasim

Panel: Tiana Baca, Reynah Banteah, Kris Barney, Donne Gonzales  •  Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

The future of our seeds and food depend on rising generations of seed keepers. This panel will highlight the voices of young farmers and seed stewards who will share stories of their work for the protection of seeds, land, and culture and discuss strategies to encourage people of all ages to engage in this inspiring movement.

 

Radical Seed Projects from RMSA Seed Teachers

Moderator: Belle Starr

Panel: Lexi Fickenscher, Rich Murphy, Diane Pratt  •  Center for Lifelong Education, Commons

RMSA Seed Teachers will discuss the projects they were inspired to develop including seed education curricula for Montessori teachers, a seed saving workshop for Master Gardeners, and a seed saving component for the organization Veterans to Farmers. They will share their insights, lessons learned, and future inspirations along with the nuts and bolts of developing these programs.

 

Variety Development for a Local Seed Economy

Laurie Lange  •  Center for Lifelong Education, Classroom 2

Creating an enduring agriculture in the arid Southwest requires the development of hardy crop varieties through seed stewardship. You can contribute by learning techniques in saving seed from open-pollinated (OP) plants, hand pollination, seed cleaning, and supporting native pollinators.

 

Seed and Grain Cleaning and Processing

Steve Alston, Ron Boyd, Joseph Lofthouse facilitated by Lee-Ann Hill  •  Parking lot outside of the Center for Lifelong Education (Outside-dress accordingly!)

Join a fun and lively hands-on workshop on seed and grain cleaning and milling. Demos span from traditional hand winnowing to using home tools and small scale farm machinery, as well as table top milling.  Presenters will be present during the following session to answer questions and offer opportunities for participants to try their own hands (and feet!) at grain and seed cleaining and milling. 

 

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Radical Seed Libraries

Jackee Alston, Philip Kauth, Rebecca Newburn  •  Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

Seed libraries are a people-powered response to biodiversity loss and food insecurity. In this panel, three leaders of the movement share their experiences launching and growing seed libraries into a powerful force for healthy, resilient, and connected communities.

 

Sacred Economics: Sustaining Seeds and Each Other

Charles Eisenstein  • Center for Lifelong Learning, Commons

The burgeoning seed movement presents us with many opportunities and challenges. While seeds bring richness to our souls, lives, communities and food systems, we must also learn how they can help us navigate in a rapidly changing world. Author Charles Eisenstein will share ideas from his books Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible to empower our seed endeavors during these transitional times.

 

Basic Seed Saving with Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman  •  Center for Lifelong Education, Classroom 1

New to seed saving or want a seed saving refresher?  Join Bill McDorman for an inspiring and igniting workshop on saving seeds.

 

Inventory Management Strategies for Small Seed Companies

Reiley Ney, Alisha Wenger  •  Center for Lifelong Learning, Classroom 2

Managing inventory in a small seed company is a daunting task. This presentation distills countless hours of headache and toil into crucial tips and techniques to create a database with multiple varieties and lots, projecting future sales and seed needs, and more.

 

Seed and Grain Cleaning (Continued)

Steve Alston, Ron Boyd, Joseph Lofthouse facilitated by Lee-Ann Hill  •  Parking lot outside of the Center for Lifelong Education (Outside-dress accordingly!)

Join a fun and lively hands-on workshop on seed and grain cleaning and milling. Demos span from traditional hand winnowing to using home tools and small scale farm machinery, as well as table top milling.  Presenters will be present during the following session to answer questions and offer opportunities for participants to try their own hands (and feet!) at grain and seed cleaining and milling. 

 

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Recap and Reflect

Library & Technology Center, Auditorium

 

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Seed Sharing and Celebration; Dancing Earth and Seed Slam

Center for Lifelong Learning, Commons

Swap seeds and mingle with us! Includes a performance from Dancing Earth. Seed Slam from 6:30 to 7:30, hosted by SeedBroadcast. Bring your seed-inspired poetry and seeds to share!

 

8:30 p.m. – Midnight

Seed Jam

Santa Fe Sage Inn (725 Cerrillos Road)

Everyone is invited to join in an open mic seed jam session with the Seed Saving All Stars hosted by SeedBroadcast and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. All levels of musical ability welcome! Share your seed songs and other expressions of love for our beautiful planet Earth. Bring your instruments and join in the fun!

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