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Arts & Entertainment Seed saving topic of Thursdays program

“Home Vegetable Seed Saving: What, Why and How” is the topic for the Thursdays at the Library program Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Keith Nicholson will cover the "what", "why" and "how" of vegetable seeds. "What" will clarify the terminology, "why" will cover how we got to where we are today and "how" will cover life cycles (veggies can be tricky) with demonstrations for wet and dry processing. Attendees will also get a free information CD.

Rarely far from field and farm, Nicholson grew up in rural Ohio and was always interested in how things grew. His parents were born before WWII and passed on their knowledge of growing plants and saving seeds, but as he entered his teens and learned more about life outside the hills of Ohio, he also learned that seed saving was becoming a lost art. Fortunately, in the 1970s he was able to take inspiration from pioneering individuals who started endeavors like The Scatterseed Project and The Seed Savers Exchange where members could share from their collections to ensure that they were perpetuated beyond their own back yards. In those days, the Seed Savers membership and offerings list was no bigger than a super-store sales flier, but it's grown to nearly 500 pages with more than 12,000 unique varieties since then.

His love of plants and gardening eventually led to a degree in horticulture and work in his field of study. The one job that honed his seed saving skills was at an American-owned seed company which has long since been absorbed into the few international business conglomerates that sell seeds today. As a research tech in their vegetable improvement divisions, he had to know what he was doing or a breeding project could be delayed by as much as an entire growing season with just one mislabeled seed packet or a mis-crossed flower.

With his combination of home-grown experience and technical training, he hopes to bring new insights and information to what you know about seeds.

Thursdays at the Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Macon County Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and learning. These programs are free and open to all. Thursdays at the Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Macon County Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and learning. These programs are free, open to all, and held in our meeting room on Thursdays at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.





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published: 10/18/2013
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