Main Library Green Room. Thursday, September 25 - 6 to 7:30 pm
Description: In this workshop you will discover why the plants that are available through the Duluth Public Seed Lending Library are better choices for beginning seed savers than other crops, such as mustard greens, carrots, spinach and sweet corn. Hear about seed selection, cleaning, drying, and storage techniques that will maintain seed integrity and viability for many growing seasons. Aspiring plant breeders may also get ideas for how to start developing their own unique cultivars!
Presenters: Professor Tom Michaels is a faculty member in the Horticultural Science Department at the University of Minnesota. He has been an edible dry bean breeder for over 30 years. He teaches several courses that address plant propagation and crop production.
Ms. Hannah Swegarden is a Master of Science degree candidate at the University of Minnesota. She is assessing the amount of genetic diversity found within heirloom dry beans lines and determining whether selection within those lines will result in heirlooms with improved adaptation to Minnesota growing conditions.
The Duluth Seed Library is made possible by financial support received from the University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.