Seed Saving with Dove Stackhouse and Charlotte Hagood of the Sand Mountain Seed Bank
presented in The Orion Amphitheater's Artist Dining
- Thu, Oct 13 / 2022 6:00 PM Buy Tickets
The Hillfolk Farmacy Workshop Series hosts Seed Saving with Dove Stackhouse and Charlotte Hagood of the Sand Mountain Seed Bank, presented in The Orion Amphitheater's Artist Dining on October 13, 2022.
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This class is an introduction to basic seed saving and a demonstration of 3 different seed saving processes: dry (beans), wet (tomatoes), and light ferment (squash.) As a participant in this class, you will process these three groups of seeds using the appropriate method and take them home with you to continue fermenting and drying, before planting or swapping them next spring.
About the Instructors
Charlotte Hagood an Albertville native who got her start in seed saving in the late 1980s from a friend who gave her the family bean seeds to keep. Through her love of plants and the obligation she felt for making sure she kept her friend's seed viable, she expanded into rescuing plant material from old home sites in Birmingham and is a listed member of Seed Savers Exchange. She has done many talks in this region on seed saving. She is still growing and saving seeds.
Dove Stackhouse grew up on a self-sufficient farm and has a degree in forestry. Dove got her start in seed saving, and preserving native seeds through the Native Seed Search in Arizona. She expanded into ordering seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, from Charlotte, and from other southeastern seed savers through the mail. Charlotte and Dove finally met and ended up living about 3 blocks from each other and becoming seed-saving buddies. Dove and her husband Russell have incorporated seed saving into their market farm, Whirlwind Farm, that they have been operating for 20 years. Many in Huntsville may know Whirlwind Farm from the farmers markets and their involvement in the community to expand access to markets, farms, and good food in the area. Dove and Russell have retired from farming and are concentrating their efforts on the seedbank.
Both Charlotte and Dove are self-taught and have learned from each other and the great seed savers they have had the fortune of meeting. Around 2005, they co-founded the Sand Mountain Seed Bank: A regional seed bank preserving food, flowers, and some fiber crops from the southeast region. Dove and Charlotte consider it their honor to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors by saving seeds and acknowledge the dedication they had to ensure we have food today.