Small-scale Seed Production and Utilization

September 16 - 20, 2019

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What are some ways to improve the sustainability of local food systems?

What are some proven techniques that I could introduce in my project area that could make a difference?


ECHO offers over 350 varieties in its Florida seed bank requiring diverse approaches to growing, processing, and storing seeds. This five-day course will begin in ECHO’s seed production plots to help participants better understand how crops are managed and harvested. Techniques related to both wet and dry processing of seeds will be practiced, as well as, essential tasks such as germination testing. Long-term seed storage approaches including vacuum sealing and cold storage will be explored, emphasis will be placed on seed saving technologies and approaches for challenging tropical locations.

ECHO has seen the impact that saving seeds can have on individuals and communities. During the week, students will learn how they can use seeds to accomplish community-decided goals that address the strengths and gaps in the community's food and seed security. Please join us in this journey!

  1. Regular registration (early bird rate): $645.00

    • After 12/21/2018 the registration price increases to $745.00

  2. Spouse registration (early bird rate): $495.00

    • After 12/21/2018 the registration price increases to $520.00

 
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ECHO's courses are taught by our experienced staff members, each with unique international experience.

Dr. Tim Motis,   ECHO Director of Agriculture Tech & Research,  Ethiopia, Liberia, Haiti, South Africa

Dr. Tim Motis, ECHO Director of Agriculture Tech & Research, Ethiopia, Liberia, Haiti, South Africa

Holly Sobetski ,  ECHO Seed Bank Manager,  Cambodia

Holly Sobetski, ECHO Seed Bank Manager, Cambodia

Elliott Toevs,   ECHO Appropriate Technology Manager , Peru

Elliott Toevs, ECHO Appropriate Technology Manager, Peru