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This year’s Spring Propagation Fair is set for Saturday, March 23, from 11 am to 3 pm at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. This community event is free and open to the public.

As always, seed, plants, and scion will be available free of charge. Root stock and grafting services will be available for a small fee. There will be speakers presenting throughout the day (including us!)

Find out all of the juicy details at the official website:

Volunteers are needed for this event.

No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Feb 20th 2013

Some wonderful person has compiled lots of seed saving resources into one place, including a slideshow version of our ‘zine: A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship and Seed Sovereignty.

Check them all out out at

No Comments Sarah Kleeger on May 10th 2012

The Spring Propagation Fair will be Saturday, March 24, from 11- 5, at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.

The free event includes a seed swap, scion wood (root stock available for a small fee), and workshops throughout the event.

The folks putting on this year’s Spring Propagation Fair have a snazzy website. It’s chock full of information, including workshop schedule and info on some of the great scion wood that will be available.

Check out the website at

See you there!

No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Mar 15th 2012

We’ll be leading a seed saving workshop in Eugene this Saturday October 1st, at a super cool community garden plot that was planted as a seed garden.

Nikki Maxwell’s RAFT Garden features endangered Northwest Heirloom crops, including Oregon Giant Pole Beans, Immigrant Bush Dry Beans, Lower Salmon River Squash, Hooker’s Sweet Corn, Marshal Strawberries, and Oregon Delicious Melons. RAFT stands for Renewing America’s Food Traditions, and is an alliance that seeks to preserve, protect, and promote the incredible, regional, food diversity of North America. The vegetables in the RAFT garden are all featured in the Slow Food Ark of Taste which means they are all delicious and are in danger of extinction.

We’ll do some hands on seed saving of each of these crops, and provide samples of some of them for folks to snack on. Did I mention there will be dozens of Oregon Delicious Melons there? In addition to going home with Melon Belly, participants will also have the opportunity to take home seeds of these varieties, Free!

The RAFT garden is located at the east end of the Whittaker Community Garden, near the river bike path at the end of N. Polk in Eugene. Bring your own chair if you want to sit. The event is free and open to the public, and will begin 2pm.

Please spread the word among your gardening friends!

No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Sep 28th 2011

Institute of Biowisdom in Corvallis


Seed Saving And Seed Stewardship Workshop:

The Path to Locally Adapted Seed and True Food Freedom


May 15, 2011

Instructors: Andrew Still & Sarah Kleeger of the Seed Ambassadors Project , Adaptive Seeds and Open Oak Farm in Brownsville area. Member of Willamette Seed and Grain.



No Comments Andrew Still on May 7th 2011

Hi Everyone,

Spring has sprung, and now it’s time to propagate! (Plants, that is.)

This year’s Spring Propagation fair will be this Sunday, March 27, at Lane Community College in Eugene, from 11 – 5.

Come share and gather seeds, fruit tree scion wood, and other plant propagation materials with your friends and neighbors.

More information is below, including workshop schedule. For more information or to volunteer, please contact

Hope to see you this Seedy Sunday


No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Mar 22nd 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Ethnobotany and the
Seed Ambassadors Project present:


Sunday, Dec. 5
1:00 – 3:00 pm
(come at noon to help set up!)

The Community Room at the East Blair Housing Coop,
940 W. 4th St, Eugene, Oregon
(Between Adams & Jackson also accessible from W. 4th alley)

Build community by sharing surplus harvest bounty with
your friends and neighbors at this annual event.

Bring your seeds, plants, canned goods, brews,
tinctures, food, instruments, friends, or just
yourself! (piano on site…)

See you there!
Your seedy friends

3 Comments Sarah Kleeger on Nov 27th 2010

For those of you that want all of the delightful details about seed saving, we will be doing it up this Sunday at Sunbow Farm’s Institute of BioWisdom in Corvallis. This workshop really might just contain everything we know about seeds jam packed into five fun-filled hours! Details are below. Please note there is a fee for this class and pre-registration is appreciated (though you may pay at the door).

Hope to see you there!

Sarah and Andrew

SEED SAVING AND SEED STEWARDSHIP: The Path to Locally Adapted Seed and True Food Freedom

May 16 – Instructors: Andrew Still & Sarah Kleeger of the Seed Ambassadors Project and Adaptive Seeds

Workshop focuses:

* -Why Save Seed: A profound act of social and ecological empowerment.
* -History of an Ancient Tradition
* -Seed Sovereignty and Food Freedom in a changing world
* -Willamette Valley as one of the best seed saving regions in the world.
* -Open Pollinated, Heritage/Heirloom, Hybrid and GMO
* -Sources: the importance of choice and diversity
* -Strategies: planning your garden for seed saving
* -Isolation: Crossers and Selfers
* -Population: Inbreeding and Outbreeding
* -Selection: Simple plant breeding for locally adapted seed
* -Harvest, Cleaning and Storage
* -Examples seed stewardship
* -Re-localizing a seed stewardship community

10-3pm, $30 prepay, please register by email and send check to address below, bring lunch.

Sunbow Farm- Certified Organic since 1984
Institute of BioWisdom-Workshops/Consulting
6910 SW Plymouth Dr
Corvallis,Oregon 97333

Back yard seed saving with Slow Food Eugene, April 2010

1 Comment Sarah Kleeger on May 12th 2010

The Eugene Permaculture Guild’s big Spring Propagation Fair is coming up the second Saturday in March, the 13th, at Lane Community College. More details will follow on that one, but for those of you that don’t live within driving distance of Eugene, Oregon, here are a few tips for organizing your own Seed Swap. (Thanks to Kim in central Virginia for the e-mail prompting this blog post.)

The folks at Seedy Sunday Brighton have a whole page devoted to hosting a seed swap. Food not Lawns also has a bit about organizing one.

The first thing is to get some friends involved, because it can be a lot of work (organizing, set up, clean up, promotion, etc.). If you don’t know anyone that will help you, post some fliers at garden stores or your local natural foods store, or maybe even the community garden bulletin board if your community is lucky enough to have one.

We have seen a few ways seed swaps can be organized. You have to decide which is best for your group.

Seedy Sunday Brighton has a central table, and when people come in, they give their seeds to the table, then volunteers organize them for redistribution. This way seems overly centralized and impersonal to me, but it works for them, and it may be necessary to do it this way at an event that draws upwards of 1,000 people. They also charge a small entrance fee to cover their expenses and require either a straight across swap of seed for seed or 50 pence for a seed pack, partly because “people don’t value that which is free.” At every other seed swap I have been to, everything is free.

A second way is to set up tables and have people stand near their stuff, so they can explain it to others that might have questions. This is what we do at the smaller fall seed swap.

A third way, which is also good, is to set up tables and have designated areas for different types of plants: flowers, herbs, tomatoes, etc. this is what we do at our large spring seed swap.

Most seed swaps descend into a sort of chaos even with the rough framework, so you could just have some tables and have people toss their seeds wherever they land. Then it’s a real treasure hunt! (more…)

2 Comments Sarah Kleeger on Feb 3rd 2010

Here is the 4th edition of our Seed Ambassadors Project Seed Saving Guide.

“A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty”

Seed Saving Zine 4 hand out (3.8 MB PDF) This hanout formated version is your best choice for printing and reading if you do not have one of those fancy zine staplers.

Seed Saving Zine 4 duplex (3.5 MB PDF) This zine formated version is for printing in a duplex printer and folding into a Zine. That is why the pages seem to be in a wierd order. If your printer does not have duplex ability you can print it one page at a time, flipping each page over to print the back side.

Seed Saving Guide 4th edition

If you would rather us send you a copy that we have printed, please send us $4 to cover printing costs and to help support the Seed Ambassadorts Project. You may also order a copy along with your seed order here at this site under the Books category. If you want to order a bunch of copies for a saving workshop you are teaching, contact us and we will send you what you need for what it costs us to print them.

Enjoy your seed saving adventures

4 Comments Andrew Still on Jan 12th 2010

Hello everyone,

The 10th annual Food Not Lawns Fall Seed Swap will be on Sunday, November 22.

The event is free and will be at the World Cafe at 449 Blair Blvd. in Eugene, from 1pm-5pm.

Build community by sharing surplus harvest bounty with
your friends and neighbors at this annual event.

Bring your seeds, plants, canned goods, brews,
tinctures, food, instruments, friends, or just

Don’t forget envelopes or other containers for the seed you take home with you.


This Sunday, November 8, the Seed Ambassadors Project will be part of a neighborhood seed swap in the Bethel area of Eugene. 2pm – 6pm at the Petersen Barn, 870 Bertnzen Road, Eugene, Oregon.

This event is the culmination of the first year of activity for the Tree By Tree project, which cares for and harvests from mature fruit trees in the neighborhood. It is all free with lots of hands-on activities for adults and kids.

We hope to see you at one of these great events!

Nick shares samples of storage apple and pear varieties at last year's Food Not Lawns Fall Seed Swap

No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Nov 5th 2009

Want to know more about how to save and process seeds from the plants on your farm or home garden? Check out our step-by-step instructional videos on our new YouTube channel:

We have Sarah starring in a short video on how to save and process mustard seed, a strategy which can also be used on other Brassicas.

We also have a short of Andrew demonstrating tomatillo techniques for a captive audience during a live seed saving workshop at Skinner City Farm in Eugene. The demo shows how to save seed from tomatillos, a process which can also be use on eggplants.

Subscribe to our seedy YouTube channel to be notified about all newly posted videos. Thanks for tuning in!

No Comments kate lucas on Sep 12th 2009

This upcoming weekend is the Eugene Permaculture Guild’s annual Gathering/Conference. Three days of great workshops, with the theme of Meeting Our Needs Closer to Home.

We will be facilitating a conversation on Creating a Local System of Seed Stewardship on Sunday at 11:15.

The full list of workshops and schedule are available here. More details below.

Elka White Seeded Poppy

Elka White Seeded Poppy


No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Aug 25th 2009

The Seed Ambassadors Project will be giving a Seed Saving workshop this Sunday, August 16 from 1pm – 3pm at the Skinner City Farm in Eugene.

Spinach seed head ready to process

Spinach seed head ready to process


No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Aug 13th 2009

UPDATE: New winter Gardening Chart as of January 2011

Big Willamette Winter Garden Chart 4


For those that couldn’t make it to the Winter Gardening Workshop in June, here is a link to the ever- evolving Chart for Gardening Autumn through Spring in the Southern Willamette Valley:

brassica love

No Comments Sarah Kleeger on Aug 12th 2009

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