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The Art Of Seed Saving At Garfield Farm Museum

CAMPTON HILLS, IL: Learn how to grow your own organic vegetable garden at Garfield Farm Museum on Sunday, July 19th. The workshop begins at 1pm and goes until 4pm. Garden expert Vicki Nowicki will give a lecture with some hands-on demonstrations on saving seeds; primarily vegetables. There is a $6 donation for the workshop and reservations are encouraged. Please bring a ripe tomato and a 1 quart canning jar.

    Rural people have always saved seeds from their own crops from year to year.  At the end of the season they often joined their neighbors at a community meeting spot and traded their best seeds with each other to get more diversity into their collections.

   Today, having lost the art, most of us do not realize that along with not saving seeds, we have also lost 95% of the diversity we once had in our home vegetable crops.  This year represents the culmination of a tidal wave of interest from home gardeners in saving their own seed and a huge movement of seed libraries sweeping across the country.  While there are some complexities to seed-saving that take time to learn, there is a lot to learn right away that can get anyone off and running into the magical world of the seed, the most powerful living thing on Earth.

    Vicki Nowicki’s work has been recognized over the years by the Seed Saver’s Exchange, Slow Food, and the Morton Arboretum, and is the founder of Liberty Gardens Seed Library.

    Call the museum at (630) 584-8485, or email at to make reservations or for more information. Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. The 374-acre site is a historically intact former 1840s farm and teamster inn being restored as an 1840s working farm museum by volunteers and donors from around the country