Attention Seed Savers: Do You Grow Any of These Small Seed Crops?
Upcoming Workshop: DIY Seed Saving Equipment
Build your own small seed winnower, suitable for most brassica, pepper, onion, herb and flower seeds
Date: Wednesday August 27, 2014
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Whether you are growing seed for sale or for on-farm use, one thing all seed producers have in common is the need for well-cleaned seed crops. With small seeds like brassicas, peppers, onions, herbs and flowers, removing chaff becomes more and more time-consuming as the quantity of seed is increased.
If you feel like you are past the point of hand-cleaning, and want to improve your efficiency, then join us for this hands-on workshop, where you'll build and take home your own small seed winnower.
Dan Brittain, of the Cottage Gardener, took an open-source design and has spent the last few years perfecting it. After several tweaks, the device has now improved the Brittain's production efficiency, and Dan would like to help other seed producers achieve the same results on their own farms.
All the necessary materials will be included in the price of admission, with the exception of a simple hair-dryer, which can easily be added later. If you've already got one you'd like to use, bring it along so Dan can demonstrate how it fits into the design.
This workshop is being made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 15 people. If there is enough interest, a second session for the same day will be opened up. Tickets are available at www.DIYseedequipment.eventbrite.ca. If you are unable to register because the session is full, please contact Jay from Farms at Work.