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Herb Day: Tea & Tour


roselle-tea-herbJoin Hildegard and Ira for a Guided Tour of the Twin Oaks Herb Garden in Louisa, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Choose from two times:

  • with Morning Tea (10 am to noon)
  • with Afternoon Tea (1 pm to 3 pm)

Tour our verdant herb garden and enjoy assorted sweet & savory herbal treats and teas. You’ll receive recipes and have time to chat with our herbalist. Plants from the garden will be available for purchase. 

For more information or to reserve your space email:

Upcoming Pre-Conference Seed Saving Event at VABF

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Seed Saving School!

40th Anniversary Regional Seed Savers Exchange Meet and Seed Swap

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Virginia Association for Biological Farming Conference, in Smith Mountain Lake, VA.

Register Now:

Join us for this one-day seed saving pre-conference intensive to celebrate 40 years of Seed Savers Exchange members working together to preserve the diversity in our food crops through saving heirloom seeds!

  • Learn more about the importance of using open-pollinated seeds to preserve plants for their historical significance and their value as a recurring food supply.
  • Explore techniques for seed saving, maintaining seed purity, and ways to ensure your seeds will last in storage.
  • Informative lectures will alternate with practical demonstrations of small scale seed saving, cleaning, and storage tools.
  • Meet other seed savers and participate in our community seed swap.

Everyone will leave the workshop with new knowledge and some heirloom open-pollinated seeds to grow in your gardens. You will be ready both to continue your seed saving and to share with others. Help us to build more more independent and resilient seed systems in our communities!

Workshop leaders:

  • Tor Janson, Collections Curator at Seed Savers Exchange
  • Ira Wallace, Education and Variety Selection Coordinator at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
  • Rowen White, Native American Seed Keeper of Sierra Seeds
  • Rosalind Creasy author of “Edible Landscaping”
  • and Seed Savers Exchange board members

We’re hosting a Garden Planning Workshop

Join us at the new Southern Exposure office on our farm in Louisa County, Virginia, for this in depth workshop in garden planning. We’ll cover planting schedules, succession planting, soil fertility, and season extension. Browse our “picking room” following the workshop to choose your seeds!

Prepare for planting with Southern Exposure’s Ira Wallace and seed grower Debbie Piesen of Living Energy Farm. We will cover planting schedules, succession planting, soil fertility, and season extension. Browse our “picking room” following the workshop to pick up seeds!

This workshop is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate gardeners.

Location: our new Seed Office in Mineral, Virginia
Saturday, March 8th, 2 to 4pm.

RSVP and questions to:
20 participants maximum.

Cost: $25 payable by check or cash on workshop day, no one turned away for lack funds.