Introduction to Seed Saving
UC Santa Cruz Farm
Corner of Merrill College Road and McLaughlin Drive
Santa Cruz, ca 95064
Contact: Vanessa Ackermann: (831) 459-3240
Sponsor: UCSC Farm & Garden
An Introduction to Seed Saving

In this workshop led by Kellee Matsushita of the UCSC Farm & Garden, we will explore foundational concepts of seed saving: which crops to choose, how to crop plan for seed production, and discuss how botany impacts mating systems for various crops/species. We may be able to clean and process a few seed crops (weather dependent ). We will also discuss how we can participate in the reformation of local seed sheds.

CASFS seeds
CASFS beds

Workshop Cost:
Cost of the workshop is $30 general admission (pre-registered) or $40 (at the door); $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, and certified UC Master Gardeners (pre-registered) or $30 (at the door); $15 for beginning farmers and limited-income participants (pre-registered) or $20 (at the door), $5 for UCSC students. Free for life members of the Friends of the Farm & Garden and active Farm & Garden docents.

Kellee Matsushita-Tseng is a graduate of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture and joined the staff in 2016 to help manage the handworked garden areas at the CASFS/UCSC Farm. She is especially interested in seed conservation and preservation, and the links between genetic biodiversity, cultural diversity, and collective liberation.

Click here if you're interested in finding out about how to join the Friends of the Farm & Garden.

If you prefer to pre-register for this class by mail (no service charge), please send a check made payable to UC Regents to:

Vanessa Ackermann
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
attn: Seed saving workshop

Please include your contact information (phone and email) with your check.

For directions to the UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus, please see the CASFS website.

Click here to see additional fruit tree and gardening events sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.